High blood pressure is often called the silent killer, as it usually has no outward symptoms. But internally, high blood pressure does serious damage to your body. Regular screenings and management of high blood pressure help keep you as healthy as possible. Expert internist Dr. Natalie Doyle helps men and women in the Wilson, North Carolina, area diagnose and treat high blood pressure. Call Natalie A. Doyle, MD, PA or use the online booking agent to learn how you can manage this condition successfully.
Blood pressure is the measure of the force of your blood as it moves through your blood vessels. If it’s consistently high, you’re diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure. Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it.
Consistently high blood pressure causes damage to your arteries, preventing blood, oxygen, and nutrients from flowing freely through them. This can lead to an aneurysm, in which an artery bursts and causes dangerous internal bleeding.
Other complications caused by high blood pressure include:
Blood pressure is represented by two numbers: your systolic and diastolic pressures. The systolic number represents the pressure of your blood each time your heart beats; the diastolic number is when your heart rests between beats.
A blood pressure below 120/80 is considered healthy and normal. When the systolic number is 120-129, but the diastolic number is less than 80, you have elevated blood pressure but aren’t diagnosed with hypertension.
A reading higher than 130/80 is considered high blood pressure. The higher these numbers, the closer you are to a hypertensive crisis.
Whenever you come in for an appointment with Dr. Doyle, the staff measure your blood pressure. A one-time elevated blood pressure isn’t enough for diagnosis, but Dr. Doyle may want to monitor your levels more frequently. Three consistently high readings are usually enough to make the diagnosis.
High blood pressure has no cure, but keeping it from progressing protects your health and reduces your risk of complications. Dr. Doyle helps you manage high blood pressure with dietary, lifestyle, and medical measures.
She may prescribe specific medications to help keep your blood pressure in check, but she also recommends eating a well-balanced, low-salt diet and limiting your alcohol consumption. Regular physical activity and stress management techniques are other important steps in managing high blood pressure.
To learn how you can manage your blood pressure, call the office of Natalie A. Doyle, MD, PA or make an appointment using the online booking agent.