According to the American Heart Association, as many as 85 million Americans live with high blood pressure. At Rutland-Dryer Integrated Health in Columbus, Ohio, diagnosing and treating this serious health condition is an area of expertise. Lowered blood pressure can have numerous health benefits, so reach out today and schedule a consultation. Scheduling is as simple as calling the office or using the online scheduling tool. Ohio Workers Compensation Provider

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is blood pressure that exceeds 130 over 80 mmHg. To understand those numbers, it helps to know a bit about how your circulatory system works.

Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries, veins, and capillaries. That creates a force against the walls of those blood vessels, both during your heartbeats and within rest periods.

The force placed on your arterial walls during heartbeats is systolic pressure; the pressure between heartbeats is diastolic pressure. Those measurements are the first and second numbers of your readings.

What causes high blood pressure?

Numerous factors cause high blood pressure. Often, people experience high blood pressure because of another medical condition or a specific type of medication.

These factors can also contribute to high blood pressure:

  • Age over 60
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Ethnicity
  • Diet high in processed or fatty foods
  • Family history of hypertension

Why is high blood pressure a problem?

High blood pressure places additional stress on your heart and lungs. Since your body has to work harder to move blood through your arteries, veins, and capillaries, the tissues in your heart and lungs can become damaged.

Cholesterol then creates plaque that adheres to tiny tears in arterial walls, narrowing the space where blood flows. That begins a vicious cycle: Your blood pressure rises, causes more damage, and your arteries narrow or harden even further.

Hypertension increases your risk of many health problems, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Aneurysm

How is high blood pressure treated?

The Rutland-Dryer Integrated Health team creates a customized treatment plan, targeting your specific needs.

Possible solutions might include medications like ACE inhibitors, diuretics, beta-blockers, alpha-blockers, renin inhibitors, and more. It may take some time to find the right combination of medications, and your prescription may need to be adjusted over time.

Lifestyle modifications are essential in treating hypertension. Quitting smoking, losing weight, improving your diet, and getting more exercise could be part of your treatment plan. Fortunately, these changes not only reduce blood pressure, but they also lead to overall improvements in health and wellness.

Schedule an appointment today to begin moving your blood pressure numbers in the right direction.