High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” for a simple reason: People often don’t know they have it until it has damaged their cardiovascular system. Dr. Anna P. Abalos is a family practitioner in Roseville, California who checks your blood pressure at routine screenings and gets to know when your reading is a cause for concern. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office for a wellness visit with Dr. Abalos because early detection is the key to treating high blood pressure effectively.
Your blood pressure is the amount of force your blood thrusts on the arterial walls, both when your heart beats and in between beats. The top — or first number you receive — is your systolic, a reading that measures the force your heart exerts on your arterial walls. Your diastolic — or the second number you receive — is the force on your arterial walls in between beats.
A normal blood pressure reading is around 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) or lower. If your systolic is between 120 and 129, and your diastolic is 80 or below, you have elevated blood pressure, but it’s manageable by maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle.
A blood pressure reading with a systolic between 130 and 139 and a diastolic between 80 and 89 is stage-one hypertension. A reading with a systolic of 140 or higher or a diastolic of 90 or higher classifies as stage two hypertension.
If you’re a healthy man or woman 65 years of age or older, you want your blood pressure at 130/80 or less.
Hypertension puts stress on your heart and can damage your blood vessels. Having high blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
It’s also possible for high blood pressure to cause kidney problems because hypertension damages the arteries in your kidneys, hindering them from filtering your blood adequately.
Low blood pressure (hypotension) is possible. A low blood pressure reading is 90/60 or less. Usually, you won’t have any symptoms.
If Dr. Abalos diagnoses you with high blood pressure, she may recommend lifestyle changes, such as to your diet and exercise regimen. Your size matters because you have more blood when you’re larger, which causes your heart to work harder to pump it.
Blood pressure that’s unmanageable with lifestyle changes alone requires medication, or multiple medications, such as:
Low blood pressure doesn’t require treatment, but Dr. Abalos does tests to determine the cause to prevent serious issues.
Schedule an appointment using the online form to have your blood pressure checked by Dr. Abalos.