Grace Family Medicine
Direct Primary Care & Family Medicine located in Wellington, FL
High blood pressure has no outward symptoms until it reaches a crisis point. More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure or hypertension, and many don’t know it. The team at Grace Family Medicine Direct Primary Care of Wellington located in Wellington, Florida, evaluates your blood pressure regularly and offers management if it’s too high. This helps you avoid the massive complications associated with unmanaged hypertension. Call the office or schedule online to have your blood pressure checked.
Hypertension Q & A
What is high blood pressure?
A high blood pressure or hypertension diagnosis occurs when the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries is too high. Your blood pressure is represented as a higher number, or systolic, over a lower number, diastolic. The systolic is the pressure when your heart beats and diastolic is the pressure between beats.
A normal reading is 119/79 or lower. High blood pressure is diagnosed at 140/90 or higher. If you have a high reading at three or more consecutive appointments at Grace Family Medicine Direct Primary Care of Wellington, you have hypertension.
Prehypertension is a condition in which your blood pressure ranges from 120 to 139 over 80 to 89. Prehypertension usually progresses to hypertension if not managed with lifestyle changes to your diet, weight, smoking habits, and physical activity levels.
What puts me at risk of developing high blood pressure?
As you get older, your risk of developing high blood pressure increases. Certain other factors may increase the chance that you develop the condition. These include:
- Family history
- Overweight and obesity
- High sodium diets and diets low in potassium or vitamin D
- Sedentary lifestyle
Those who smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol are also at a greater risk of hypertension.
What is the treatment for high blood pressure?
At Grace Family Medicine Direct Primary Care of Wellington, the providers manage your high blood pressure with lifestyle recommendations, regular monitoring, and prescription medications if needed.
The direct primary care method the practice provides allows you to take advantage of customized treatments, close management with the providers, and constant communication to keep blood pressure logs. This is far more in-depth care than you might receive from a conventional primary care office.
The providers help you make necessary lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, reduced alcohol consumption, and decreased sodium intake.
What if hypertension goes unmanaged?
Unmanaged hypertension slowly does damage to your internal organs. Without monitoring and management, it contributes to:
- Heart failure, heart disease, and stroke
- Kidney failure
- Trouble with memory and understanding
- Metabolic syndrome
- Vision loss
For your customized hypertension care plan, call Grace Family Medicine Direct Primary Care of Wellington or schedule online today.
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