High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can lead to life-threatening health conditions, but many men and women aren’t aware that they have high blood pressure. Family care physician J. Wesley Earley, MD, and the skilled team at Cornerstone Family Medicine monitor your blood pressure so they can detect hypertension early before it causes severe complications. To schedule a physical exam or discuss your concerns about high blood pressure with a caring provider, schedule an appointment by calling the office in Washington, North Carolina.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition characterized by elevated pressure within your blood vessels. Sometimes called the “silent killer” because it doesn’t typically cause symptoms, high blood pressure can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening health complications.
High blood pressure causes damage to blood vessel walls, causing them to thicken and narrow. This narrowing leads to an even greater increase in blood pressure. Over time, high blood pressure can contribute to a variety of dangerous conditions, such as:
Your risk for high blood pressure increases if you smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle, are over the age of 65, or have a family history of hypertension.
The team at Cornerstone Family Medicine checks your blood pressure at every visit. But not everyone experiences an illness or injury that requires them to visit the doctor every year or even every few years.
This is part of what makes your annual physical so important. It guarantees that your blood pressure is monitored at least once a year. Because it doesn’t cause symptoms, it’s essential to detect elevated blood pressure early before it can cause excessive damage to your blood vessels.
Your blood pressure has two measurements. The first number is the pressure when your heart beats (systolic), and the second number is the pressure between each beat (diastolic). Normal blood pressure is considered anything below 120/80.
As pressures increase, you may receive a diagnosis of elevated pressure, stage 1 hypertension, or stage 2 hypertension. If your pressure is above normal, Dr. Earley may recommend more frequent blood pressure monitoring.
If you have high blood pressure, Dr. Earley may recommend that you eat a healthier diet, avoid salt, and get more exercise. He may also prescribe medication to help lower your blood pressure to prevent complications.
Cornerstone Family Medicine offers expert health coaching to help you develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits and lose weight.
If you’re concerned about high blood pressure or you’d like to schedule your annual preventive care visit, call Cornerstone Family Medicine today.