High blood pressure affects one in every three adults in the United States. The condition has no outward signs or symptoms until it reaches critical stages, but the doctors at Sole Health Medical Center in Hollywood, Florida, provide regular blood pressure checks and help you manage the condition. To stay on top of your blood pressure health, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the blood flowing through your arteries pushes against the walls at a pressure higher than normal. This increased force can cause damage that may make you vulnerable to heart disease, stroke, and other major diseases.
A measurement of 140/90 at three or more visits is considered a clinical case of hypertension.
While anyone can develop high blood pressure, certain risk factors make it even more likely. These include:
Age also puts you at a greater risk for high blood pressure, because your blood vessels naturally stiffen and thicken with time.
High blood pressure may cause complications or secondary issues. These include:
With regular blood pressure screenings offered at Sole Health Medical Center, hypertension can be diagnosed early and properly managed so you’re less likely to develop these serious conditions.
Regular monitoring is just a part of blood pressure maintenance. The doctors offer recommendations and counseling on ways to change your diet and other lifestyle habits to promote better blood pressure health. Changes such as eating less sodium and quitting smoking are key. The team at Sole Health Medical Center can also help you lose weight if you’re overweight or obese.
Medications may also be part of your treatment plan. You’ll come in for blood pressure screenings to ensure the dosage and type of medication is adequately keeping your hypertension under control.
If you have high blood pressure or risk factors for developing it, contact Sole Health Medical Center by phone or book an appointment online.