About 1 of 3 American adults have high blood pressure, but only half have their condition under control. Specializing in internal medicine and holistic care, Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas monitors your blood pressure to prevent serious complications and maintain your health. The team often recommends healthy lifestyle changes and medications to help manage your condition. Get expert care today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.
Blood pressure is the force of blood on blood vessel walls. As the name suggests, high blood pressure is when your blood pressure is too high over time.
With high blood pressure, that force is too strong. When high blood pressure goes untreated, it can gradually damage your vessels and organs like your heart and kidneys.
You won't necessarily know you have high blood pressure without testing. That's why the condition is often called the silent killer.
However, a few signs to look for include:
The onset of high blood pressure is gradual. That's why routine blood pressure testing at Prime Internal Medicine Associates is so important to catch the condition before it causes damage.
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider quickly and easily diagnoses high blood pressure with an inflatable cuff called a sphygmomanometer. When inflated, the cuff briefly compresses the brachial artery to stop blood flow temporarily.
As the cuff deflates, your provider records your blood pressure. Blood pressure is recorded with a top number and bottom number. The top number is your systolic blood pressure. This is your blood pressure during a heartbeat. The bottom number records the pressure when your heart is at rest between beats.
A typical recording is below 120/80 mm Hg. Your provider diagnoses you with high blood pressure if your numbers remain above 120/80 mm with repeated testing.
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider emphasizes holistic health. They discuss making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle to lower your blood pressure.
Your provider also discusses medications to lower your blood pressure. These medications may help reduce your risk of complications from high blood pressure, such as:
If you suspect you have high blood pressure, or you need medical assistance managing your condition, take a step for your lasting good health today. Call the office or schedule a consultation online with Prime Internal Medicine Associates.