According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 75 million Americans are living with hypertension, a statistic that represents one out of every three adults. If you live in or around Clifton, New Jersey, the care of Rafath Humera, MD, of Park Medical Center can help you reach and maintain healthier blood pressure. If you’d like to know more about your personal reading and how you can make those numbers work in your favor, schedule a visit with Dr. Humera today, online or by phone.
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It’s a common problem, and one made even more complex by the fact that many people aren’t aware their blood pressure has reached dangerous levels.
To understand hypertension, it helps to think about how your circulatory system works. Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood into your arteries. That pumping force places pressure on the walls of your arteries.
Your blood pressure is measured by two numbers. The first, your systolic blood pressure, is the amount of pressure placed on arterial walls during each heartbeat. The second number is your diastolic blood pressure and is the force placed on arterial walls in the brief pause between heartbeats.
Your blood pressure is considered high when it exceeds 140 over 90. The healthiest range for a blood pressure reading is lower than 120 over 80.
High blood pressure places a significant strain on your arterial walls and can damage them over time. But that’s not the only risk associated with hypertension. Many of your body’s organs and systems can sustain damage if you have high blood pressure.
Some of the risks of hypertension include:
This is far from a comprehensive list. Hypertension is a widespread health problem that can damage your short- and long-term health.
There are many medications that can help lower and control your blood pressure. Some drugs help your kidneys function more efficiently; others prevent your arteries from narrowing. There are options that help your heart muscle relax and some that slow your heart rate to relieve pressure on arterial walls.
It may take some time to find the right medication for you, but Dr. Humera is dedicated to monitoring your progress and making adjustments as needed. Some men and women only need medication for a short period of time while they make lifestyle adjustments that control blood pressure naturally.
Losing excess weight, increasing daily physical activity, and improving your diet can make a world of difference in your blood pressure. If you’re a smoker, quitting for good is also important. Even finding ways to manage stress can help bring your blood pressure down to a manageable level.
To explore these and other treatment options, book a visit with Dr. Humera today, online or by phone.