Primary Care Practice & General Internal Medicine located in Winter Garden, FL & Trinity, FL
High blood pressure is known as a silent killer because it doesn’t show symptoms until it’s reached a severe level. Approximately 75 million Americans have the condition. At Medhealth Clinical in Winter Park, Florida, primary care specialist Pedro F. Garcia, MD, and his team regularly monitor your blood pressure and help you manage levels if they’re too high. Schedule an appointment to get your blood pressure checked or controlled. Call the office or schedule an assessment online today.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
How do I know I have high blood pressure?
High blood pressure has no outward symptoms until you’ve reached a crisis level, so the most reliable way to diagnose it is through regular blood pressure checks.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, describes when your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries with too much force. The team at Medhealth Clinical measures your blood pressure at every appointment, including routine wellness exams, chronic care management appointments, and acute care visits.
Your blood pressure reads as two numbers: the upper systolic number, which means the pressure when your heart beats, and the lower diastolic number, representing pressure between beats.
Healthy readings are 119/79 or lower. If your top (systolic) number is above 140, or the lower (diastolic) number is above 90, you have high blood pressure that requires management. The team at Medhealth Clinical may diagnose you with prehypertension if you have a reading between 120/80 to 139/89.
Prehypertension usually turns into full-blown high blood pressure if you do not make lifestyle changes to reduce it. Dr. Garcia can help you with dietary changes, more physical activity, and weight loss (if you’re overweight or obese).
Am I at risk of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure can affect anyone, but certain factors put you at greater risk.
Risks may include:
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Overweight and obesity
- Advancing age
- High sodium diets and diets low in potassium or vitamin D
- Sedentary lifestyle
Smoking and excessive alcohol use also put you at greater risk of developing high blood pressure.
How is high blood pressure managed?
The team at Medhealth Clinical helps you manage high blood pressure with regular monitoring, prescription medications, and lifestyle guidance. You may require ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and beta-blockers that relax blood vessels and ease the amount of work your heart has to do.
If you have severe high blood pressure, Dr. Garcia will monitor your heart and may refer you to a cardiologist to make sure you haven’t developed heart disease.
The team also recommends lifestyle changes that reduce sodium intake, reduced alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and more exercise.
Get your blood pressure monitored with help from the team at Medhealth Clinical. Call for an appointment or schedule online today.
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