High Blood Pressure

Family Care Plus Clinic

Board Certified Family Medicine & Adults and Pediatrics located in Katy, TX & Munroe Falls, OH

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, but only around a quarter of those affected have their blood pressure under control. Though high blood pressure sounds scary, it’s very controllable with support from Nancy Naghavi, DO, and the experienced team at Family Care Plus Clinic. Get your high blood pressure diagnosis and dedicated support at their two clinic locations in Katy, Texas, and Munroe Falls, Ohio, by calling the office or booking online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure means that your blood pushes against your artery walls too powerfully. If your blood pressure remains high for a long time, you can have very severe health problems like stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, vision loss, and sexual dysfunction. 

Healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg. That means the force with which your blood courses against your artery walls (systolic pressure) during heartbeats is under 120, and the force with which your blood hits the artery walls between heartbeats (diastolic pressure) is less than 80. 

When you have high blood pressure, your reading is 130/80 mm Hg or higher. Any reading in the 120-129/80-90 range isn’t officially high blood pressure, but it’s elevated. Elevated blood pressure bears monitoring, and you should start preventive care to avoid high blood pressure.

You can often prevent and control high blood pressure by living a healthy lifestyle and working closely with the Family Care Plus Clinic team. 

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure usually causes no symptoms, which makes it particularly dangerous. The Family Care Plus Clinic team monitors your high blood pressure risk factors and checks your blood pressure during all annual physical exams. This allows them to diagnose your high blood pressure early before it causes serious damage. 

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

There are several well-established risk factors that can contribute to or cause high blood pressure, including:

  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Age (older adults have a higher risk) 
  • Race (individuals with African heritage have an increased risk)
  • Obesity and excess weight
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • High-sodium diet
  • Low dietary potassium
  • Drinking alcohol to excess regularly
  • High stress levels
  • High cholesterol

Chronic diseases like diabetes can raise your risk of high blood pressure, as well. Recognizing these risk factors and making appropriate changes can make the difference between dangerous and healthy blood pressure. 

How is high blood pressure treated?

High blood pressure treatment usually centers around your diet and exercise. A heart-healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, lean poultry, whole grains, and other nutrient-rich foods is an important part of lowering your blood pressure. 

Exercise works hand-in-hand with diet to help lower your blood pressure. In some cases, exercise and diet don’t lower your blood pressure enough, but Family Care Plus Clinic can prescribe medications that help.

Change your high blood pressure to healthy blood pressure with help from the caring team at Family Care Plus Clinic. Call the location nearest you for an appointment or use online booking today.