High blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it typically has no symptoms but can lead to serious health complications if left untreated.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is too high, putting extra strain on the heart and blood vessels.
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. Normal blood pressure is typically around 120/80 mmHg. When blood pressure consistently measures at or above 130/80 mmHg, it is considered high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage the heart, kidneys, brain, and other organs, leading to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
Causes of High Blood Pressure
Several factors can contribute to the development of hypertension, including:
- Age: As we get older, our blood vessels become stiffer, making it harder for the heart to pump blood.
- Family history: High blood pressure tends to run in families.
- Race: African Americans have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese increases the risk of high blood pressure.
- Inactivity: Lack of physical activity can increase the risk of high blood pressure.
- Smoking: Smoking damages the blood vessels and increases the risk of high blood pressure.
- Alcohol consumption: Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure.
- Stress: Chronic stress can raise blood pressure.
- Secondary Causes: There are a number of underlying health conditions that can also cause high blood pressure
Managing High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Lifestyle changes include:
- Stress management
- Weight loss
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Medication may also be necessary to manage high blood pressure but at WellessenceMD we aim to modify lifestyle before choosing medication therapy –
We at WellessenceMD believe that LIFESTYLE is the best medicine. Our providers have extensive training and experience with implementing these new lifestyles to mitigate the above risk factors. We specialize in behavioral modification, weight management and stress reduction. Please allow us to help you navigate this confusing landscape that is your health! Contact us to see if you’re at risk! (847) 850-8185