High Blood Pressure

Partners In Family Health -  - Family Medicine

Partners In Family Health

Family Medicine located in York, PA

High blood pressure is often referred to as a silent disease, even the “silent killer,” because you can have it for years and not show any symptoms. The board-certified family medicine practitioners at Partners in Family Health in York, Pennsylvania check your blood pressure at every visit and provide personalized treatment if the reading is too high. For monitoring and management of your blood pressure, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

You have high blood pressure when the force of the blood against the walls of your blood vessels is greater than normal. Your blood pressure reading includes two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure: Top number, measures the pressure during your heartbeat
  • Diastolic pressure: Bottom number, measures the pressure in between beats

A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg or less. If your blood pressure is consistently 130/80 mm Hg or greater, your blood pressure is considered high.

The team at Partners in Family Health understands that coming in to see the doctor can cause your blood pressure to rise, so the health professionals recommend you also check your blood pressure at home or at your local pharmacy to see if the readings differ in a different environment.

High blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

How did I get high blood pressure?

Your high blood pressure may be due to any number of causes, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Carrying excess weight
  • Poor diet choices
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Stress

The team at Partners in Family Health can identify the cause of your diabetes, which helps in the development of your personalized treatment plan.

High blood pressure often develops without any symptoms, which is why it’s important to get checked regularly. In extreme cases, however, you may experience such symptoms as headaches, difficulty catching your breath, or nosebleeds.

How can I manage high blood pressure?

The family medicine practitioners may first recommend lifestyle changes to help you manage your high blood pressure. This strategy typically includes a healthy diet, exercise, weight loss, and stress management.

If you’re still having a difficult time controlling your blood pressure, the team may recommend medication, such as:

  • Diuretics
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
  • Beta blockers
  • Renin inhibitors

You and the family medicine professionals can control your high blood pressure with the right lifestyle changes and medication, but you need to come in for your regularly scheduled appointments so the team can monitor your numbers and make adjustments as needed.

Can I prevent high blood pressure?

If you have concerns about high blood pressure, you can take some steps to reduce your risk of developing the condition, such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Cutting back on your sodium intake
  • Making healthy food choices
  • Exercising regularly
  • Losing weight if you’re overweight or obese

For personalized treatment of your high blood pressure, call or schedule an appointment online today.