As your heart beats, it pumps blood to your arteries. Blood pressure is the force of your blood against your artery walls.
When your heart beats, your blood pressure is highest. That's called systolic pressure. Between beats, your blood pressure lowers. That's your diastolic pressure. These two numbers make up your blood pressure reading.
Because high blood pressure often has no symptoms, it’s imperative to receive testing on a regular basis during your annual wellness exam. Without treatment, high blood pressure increases your risk of stroke and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death for adults in the US.
Common risk factors for high blood pressure include:
Dr. Velazquez treats patients with high blood pressure primarily with lifestyle changes or medication. Patients with high blood pressure can make simple changes to the way they eat and move to keep blood pressure in a healthy range.
Eating a healthy diet high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and low in sugar and sodium is ideal for everyone, including patients with high blood pressure. Getting down to a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and regularly exercising are also great ways to keep blood pressure down.
Some patients use medication to manage high blood pressure. Dr. Velazquez chooses the best medicines based on your overall health picture. It’s important to take blood pressure medication as directed without stopping unless your doctor recommends it.
High blood pressure is sometimes called a “silent killer” because it often has no symptoms. A blood pressure screening is an important part of your annual wellness exam. Schedule yours by calling Velazquez Medical Practice or booking an appointment online today.
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