High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as a silent killer because it has no outward symptoms. But hypertension slowly damages your body in ways that can’t be reversed, so it’s important to manage it. At Lancaster Family Health located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the team led by family physicians Christopher Porter, DO, and Mark Cohen, DO, offers diagnosis and treatment for high blood pressure. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, schedule an appointment at the office by calling or booking online.
Hypertension is high blood pressure. It’s diagnosed when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. Almost half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but many are not even aware of it.
A measure of 130 over 80 or higher is considered high blood pressure. Even if your blood pressure reading is higher than 120 over 80, you’re considered at risk for hypertension and should take steps to reduce it.
In most cases, hypertension has no outward symptoms. The best way to find out if your blood pressure is healthy is to be regularly checked at your annual exams. If someone in your family has high blood pressure, you’re at greater risk. Certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking or a poor diet, also put you at risk.
Genetics is a major reason people develop hypertension, but the exact cause isn’t understood. Several factors may play a role in contributing to high blood pressure. These risk factors include:
The older you are, the more at risk you are of developing hypertension.
Lifestyle changes and medications can help control high blood pressure and prevent damage to your circulatory system. When it’s untreated, hypertension can result in a heart attack, stroke, or other health problems.
The doctors at Lancaster Family Health review your eating habits and make recommendations, such as consuming less salt and processed foods. Overall, a healthy diet should center on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains.
If you smoke or drink alcohol, they’ll recommend you quit smoking and stick with moderate drinking habits. Physical activity can also help you control your blood pressure. You need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily, such as brisk walking, to keep your entire system healthy.
To have your blood pressure checked and to learn how to manage hypertension, call Lancaster Family Health or book an appointment online.