Over 100 million Americans, almost half of the population, suffer from high blood pressure, with many of them not even aware that they have the condition. Unfortunately, high blood pressure (hypertension) is quite deadly and it is the primary—or contributing—cause of over 1,000 deaths per day in the United States.
In light of this, here are 5 questions you should be asking about your blood pressure:
- What does blood pressure really mean?
- How do I measure my blood pressure?
- What are the acceptable blood pressure limits?
- Is low blood pressure (hypotension) bad?
- How do I manage my blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force that drives blood through our body, transmitting it to every organ. This pressure is generated by the heart muscles and maintained and transported by blood vessels.
Blood pressure complications are particularly dangerous because they barely show warning signs. The only way you can know if your blood pressure is too high (or too low), is to visit a doctor and undergo a quick test.
Generally, if your blood pressure exceeds 140/90 mmHg, then it is too high. If it is below 90/60 mmHg, it is too low.
Everyone knows the negative effects of high blood pressure, however, it’s important to note that if blood pressure gets too low, there are some health implications. Hypotension causes dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, and in extreme cases, death.
Managing your blood pressure requires taking medications and making some lifestyle changes (e.g. regulating your salt intake, exercising more, eating healthier, etc.). The most important thing, however, is checking your blood pressure regularly.
For top-class blood pressure management in Texas, you can’t do better than Cypress Family Clinic. For inquiries or to make an appointment, contact us at 832-786-4652.