Heart Health & Blood Pressure
Our healthcare providers at PrimeHealth Asheville comprehend the dire importance of maintaining a healthy heart and our group of medical experts are here to cater to your cardiovascular concerns. In addition to cardiological diagnostic lab work offered at our office, our staff also focuses on attentively monitoring your blood pressure, because of the long-term damage resulting from hypertension or high blood pressure can drastically threaten your heart health and overall well-being.
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When Does Blood Pressure Become a Health Concern?
Blood pressure is the force produced by the pumping of blood and muscle contractions of your heart. The beating of your heart carries oxygenated blood into the arteries, and this measurement taken after the heart contracts is considered the systolic pressure. When your heart is resting and blood pressure is at its lowest, this is known as the diastolic pressure. These two readings are used by healthcare providers to diagnose and determine if you have high blood pressure.
Generally, high blood pressure is indicated with:
- A systolic reading of 140 or higher (130+ for those with other heart risk factors)
- A diastolic measurement of 90 or higher (80+ if other heart risk factors arise)
Keep in mind, these levels are for average adults, and safe measurements for children depend and vary based on their age and height. Most importantly, if your systolic and diastolic readings reach over 180 and 120, respectively, they are considered dangerously high levels and you should seek immediate medical attention.
The Threats of Hypertension
High blood pressure is damaging long-term since this force and friction is overworking the heart and proving harmful to your blood vessels and the lining of your arteries. Further complications can arise if your diet is lacking in vitamin K, or if you have a high sugar intake.
If left uncontrolled, hypertension can result in potentially life-threatening conditions, such as:
- Heart attack or failure
- Kidney disease or failure
- Loss of vision
- Chest pain (angina)
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Treatments for High Blood Pressure
There are certain treatments and lifestyle changes that patients with high blood pressure can implement into their lives for the sake of preventing more serious complications from developing.
These include the following:
- Following a well-balanced diet routine
- Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and salt intake
- Taking hypertension medication
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Performing regular exercise
- Managing stress
- Quitting smoking
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