If I have hypertension, what should I do?
You’ll likely need to reduce your sodium intake, limit alcohol intake, get your weight to a healthy level, and exercise more regularly. When you visit Primary Care First & Wellness Center we will devise an individualized a plan for you.
Hypertension means that your blood exerts too much pressure on your blood vessels when it pumps through the body. One in every 3 adults has high blood pressure, and 20% of these sufferers don’t even know it. Stage 1 hypertension is measured at 140/90, while stage 2 is 160/100 or higher. You reach a hypertensive crisis when your blood pressure is 180/110 or higher.
Doctors refer to hypertension as the silent killer because it doesn’t cause a lot of symptoms. It develops over time and results from a number of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and other underlying conditions. This is why it’s so important to get your blood pressure checked regularly at Pure Medicine.
Your doctors may say you have “prehypertension” when your blood pressure is at 120/80 or above, but not quite at 140/90. This is the time to pay close attention to lifestyle measures to keep your blood pressure under control, as it’s an indication that your blood pressure will likely get worse with time.