If you’re one of the almost 78 million Americans with hypertension (high blood pressure), it’s important to get the support and care you need now. Untreated, hypertension can cause stroke, heart attack, and even death. The friendly team at Treken Primary Care in Atlanta, Georgia, can help you manage your blood pressure, so don’t hesitate to book your appointment online or by phone.
Hypertension is a chronic condition in which your arterial blood pressure is too high. There are two factors that determine your blood pressure: the quantity of blood your heart pumps and how much your arteries resist blood flow.
If you have narrowed arteries, a common effect of plaque buildup from atherosclerosis, it forces your heart to pump harder. This raises your blood pressure.
Your blood pressure reading has two numbers: systolic and diastolic. The systolic number on top reflects your blood pressure when your heart muscle contracts. The diastolic number on the bottom reflects your blood pressure when your heart muscle is at rest.
Normal blood pressure is less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic, so a reading of 119/79 or lower is ideal.
Elevated blood pressure is generally considered prehypertension. If you have elevated blood pressure, your systolic blood pressure is in the 120-129 range and your diastolic blood pressure is less than 80.
In stage 1 hypertension, your systolic blood pressure is 130-139 and/or your diastolic blood pressure is 80-89.
In stage 2 hypertension, your systolic blood pressure is 140 or higher and/or your diastolic blood pressure is 90 or higher.
Your Treken Primary Care provider can help you understand your blood pressure reading and what it means for your health.
A single high blood pressure reading doesn't automatically mean you have hypertension. Your blood pressure can fluctuate according to the time of day, and your stress level can contribute too. In fact, some patients have "white coat hypertension," which means their blood pressure goes up when they’re in the office because of anxiety about seeing the doctor.
Your practitioner at Treken Primary Care takes your blood pressure reading several times, usually over several different appointments, before making a diagnosis.
Lifestyle changes are crucial when it comes to hypertension management. Your Treken Primary Care provider helps you implement changes such as:
Often, lifestyle changes are enough to manage your blood pressure. But if your provider feels it’s necessary, they can prescribe appropriate hypertension medications.
Following your customized treatment plan helps you avoid serious consequences of hypertension, such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney disease.
Book your appointment at Treken Primary Care by phone or through the online scheduler.