High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects nearly half of the adult American population, and many don’t even know they have it. While it doesn’t have any immediate symptoms, over time high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening conditions like heart disease and stroke. Fortunately, it’s easily detected and, if caught early, it’s also a very treatable condition. David Boyd, MD, works with patients at P3MD in Goodyear, Arizona, to prevent and manage high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, call the office or go online to make an appointment with Dr. Boyd today.
High blood pressure happens when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high over an extended period of time. Over the years, this high pressure damages your blood vessels, increasing your chances for heart attack and stroke.
Unfortunately, there are no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, which makes it harder to catch early on. In fact, symptoms often don’t show until the disease becomes life-threatening.
If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to:
High blood pressure is known as a silent killer because it develops slowly, so it’s important to get regular blood pressure readings at your physical exam.
Blood pressure is measured using a pressure-measuring gauge. A healthy blood pressure reading is anything below 120/80 mmHg. A reading of 120-129/80 mmHg suggests an elevated blood pressure that can lead to hypertension if you don’t make immediate lifestyle changes.
If your blood pressure reading is 130/80 mmHg or higher on more than two occasions, you have high blood pressure.
Whether you have high blood pressure or are at risk for developing it, talk to Dr. Boyd to learn about lifestyle changes you can make to prevent future complications.
Making healthy lifestyle changes has a huge impact on your blood pressure.
Making even a small change to your diet and exercise regime can make a huge difference to your blood pressure levels.
Keeping your weight at a healthy level or losing some weight makes you less likely to develop high blood pressure.
Dr. Boyd prescribes medication for serious cases of high blood pressure to help improve your condition.
Even if you have high blood pressure, with proper treatment and management, you can control it and continue to live a long and healthy life. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment at P3MD today.