High blood pressure usually has no outward symptoms, but it seriously compromises your health and increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure. Experienced family physician Dr. Magdalene Marfo diagnoses and monitors your blood pressure at regular appointments and can help you manage your hypertension or high blood pressure. If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, contact the Calvary Medical Clinic or use the online booking tool to keep your blood pressure in check.
When the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries is too great, it’s called high blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured both when your heart beats – represented by the upper, or systolic, number – and when your heart rests between beats – the lower, or diastolic, number.
Calvary Medical Clinic staff measures your blood pressure as part of your appointment. If it’s unusually high at three or more visits, Dr. Marfo may diagnose you with hypertension and recommend treatment to prevent long-term damage.
A normal reading for blood pressure is 119/79 or lower.High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. If your top number is between 120 and 139, or the bottom number is between 80 and 89, you’re diagnosed with prehypertension.
Prehypertension can lead to full-blown high blood pressure unless you take steps to reduce it.
High blood pressure risk increases with specific factors, including:
Tobacco use and abuse of alcohol also raises your risk.
Dr. Marfo treats high blood pressure with prescription medications and regular monitoring. Medications include ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and beta blockers. These medications work to relax blood vessels and reduce the work of your heart.
She also recommends lifestyle changes to help you lower your blood pressure. These include decreasing sodium, reducing alcohol, quitting smoking, and becoming more active.
She may also support you in a weight-loss program. These lifestyle change also help prevent high blood pressure if you have prehypertension.
You won’t necessarily feel the effects of high blood pressure until it’s reached a crisis level, but it does damage your body internally. Untreated high blood pressure increases your risk of:
Make an appointment at Calvary Medical Clinic to be screened today so you can avoid these complications if you have high blood pressure.