High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the pressure of the blood flowing against the artery walls is above the normal range. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood the heart pumps and the blood flow resistance in the arteries. If the heart pumps more blood than normal, and the arteries are narrower than normal, the result is high blood pressure.
Untreated high blood pressure can cause serious health problems, including heart attack, kidney failure and stroke. As a board-certified physician, Dr. Gerard Miller’s concierge medical practice is focused on providing preventative care, helping to catch early signs of high blood pressure in older adults and manage existing hypertension to prevent severe health consequences.
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There are two types of high blood pressure in adult patients: primary and secondary. Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that develops gradually over the course of time, and secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that results from an underlying medical condition.
Blood pressure is commonly measured during a physical exam. An inflatable arm cuff is fit around the arm to measure the blood pressure using a pressure-measuring gauge. This gauge yields two sets of numbers. The first number is the systolic reading, the pressure when the heart is beating. The second number is the diastolic number, the pressure when the heart is resting. High blood pressure occurs when the systolic reading is at 140 or higher, and the diastolic reading is 90 or above.
Dr. Miller strongly recommends the following lifestyle changes along with the required medication:
Hypertension that does not respond to lifestyle changes alone is often treated with medication that may include alpha blockers, vasodilators, aldosterone antagonists, and central-acting agents. Treating any underlying conditions can also help to control high blood pressure.
Most people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms. Prolonged and untreated high blood pressure may cause headaches, dizzy spells, or nosebleeds.
Risk factors for developing high blood pressure may include:
Chronic conditions such as kidney problems, hormone problems, diabetes, and high cholesterol may all increase an individual's risk of high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a serious condition. Left untreated, hypertension may cause:
Controlling blood pressure can reduce the risks of these complications.
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