Almost half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure. The only way to know if you’re among them is to get your blood pressure checked. At Central Florida Family Practice, Dr. Elba Masid regularly evaluates your blood pressure and helps you manage it if you are diagnosed with hypertension. Residents of Saint Cloud, Florida, and the surrounding areas can call her office or book an appointment using the online booking tool to learn more about how to prevent and manage high blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is diagnosed when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is regularly too high. Blood pressure is presented as a systolic (upper) number over a diastolic (lower) number. Systolic pressure represents the pressure of your blood against blood vessel walls when the heart beats; diastolic is the pressure of your blood between beats.
When you’re blood pressure has a systolic level of less than 120 and a diastolic level less than 80, it’s considered normal. Elevated, or prehypertensive blood pressure, is 120-129 over 80 or below. You’re diagnosed with high blood pressure when your systolic number is above 130 and your diastolic is above 80.
If you have a one-time high reading, Dr. Masid will ask you to come back in or do self-monitoring to see if it’s consistently high. Three readings that are 130/80 are usually a good indication that you have hypertension.
High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any outward symptoms. The condition causes damage to your body over time, however. If you don’t manage high blood pressure and make efforts to control it, you’re at greater risk of:
Most visits to Central Florida Family Practice include a check of your blood pressure. These regular evaluations help catch hypertension before it causes severe complications.
Lifestyle changes help you manage hypertension. These include losing weight, if you’re overweight or obese. Other ways to help manage and reduce high blood pressure include:
Dr. Masid may prescribe medications to help lower your blood pressure. These are not substitutes for a healthier lifestyle, but are a complementary treatment. You should also visit the office regularly to have your blood pressure monitored or do so at home. Regular monitoring allows you to catch changes right away and adapt your medication and lifestyle accordingly.
To have your blood pressure evaluated, call Central Florida Family Practice or book an appointment online.