Blood pressure elevations often can be unnoticed. However some patients may develop symtoms when blood pressure becomes very high. Symptoms may include, dizziness, blurred vision, headache, sometimes chest pain, and even a sensation of your heart beating. The risk from elevated blood pressure includes conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and chronic kidney disease.
The Joint National Convention has updated blood pressure guidelines. Blood pressure greater than 119/79 and less than 140/90 is considered to be pre-hypertension. Lifestyle modifications can be especially usefull in this range. Simple interventions such as salt intake reduction such as following the DASH diet, increase weekly exercise such as walking to reduce weight can be quite beneficial in acheving great results. For blood pressure greater than 140/90 the same interventions are useful. In addition to lifestyle modifications certain medications may also be needed. Blood work may also be necessary to access your kidney functions, and other conditions that may be causing your blood pressure to be high.
If you are concerned or have not had your blood pressure screened a physical exam may be a great opportunity to check in with us. Let us know how we can help you achieve your very best health!