Internal Medicine & Cardiology located in Boynton Beach, FL
Routine blood pressure testing is the best way to identify issues with high or low blood pressure. At Verma Health in Boynton Beach, Florida, the highly skilled medical team offers on-site blood pressure screenings to protect your health and ensure your blood pressure levels are normal. Even if you’re feeling great, schedule a blood pressure check today. You can book an appointment online or by calling the office today.
Blood Pressure Q & A
What is a blood pressure measurement?
Your blood pressure is a measurement of the force of your blood against your artery walls. The top number, or systolic pressure, indicates how much pressure your blood is forcing against your arterial walls with each heartbeat. The bottom number, or diastolic pressure, describes the force of pressure when your heart is resting between beats.
Normal blood pressure levels range from a systolic pressure of 120 or less and a diastolic pressure of 80 or less. When blood pressure readings measure more than 120/80, you have high blood pressure or hypertension. When pressure readings are below these levels, you may receive a low blood pressure diagnosis.
What causes low and high blood pressure?
Keeping your blood pressure low is ideal. However, for some, blood pressure that’s too low can cause dizziness, fainting, and a weakened pulse. You should also be aware of a sudden drop in blood pressure, which can make it difficult for your brain to receive sufficient blood flow and oxygen.
Low blood pressure can be the result of dehydration, existing heart or thyroid issues, and severe infection.
In high blood pressure, the pressure in your arteries remains high and can lead to additional medical complications, including heart damage and stroke. You can develop high blood pressure for no specific reason or as a secondary symptom of an underlying medical issue, such as:
- Kidney issues
- Thyroid disorder
- Obstructive sleep apnea
High blood pressure can also be the result of using certain medications, like birth control or over-the-counter cold medicines.
For some people, chronic stress can lead to problems with elevated blood pressure.
What treatments are available for high and low blood pressure?
Because high blood pressure doesn’t show symptoms until damage is already in progress, routine blood pressure checks are important for preventing long-term complications.
In many cases, you can expect Dr. Verma to prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure. They may also suggest relaxation techniques to reduce stress, as well as a heart-healthy diet that limits your salt intake and helps you maintain an ideal weight. Daily exercise is also important for lowering blood pressure.
If you have low blood pressure, your Verma Health doctor may recommend eating more salt and drinking enough water daily. You may also need adjustment of your medications to increase your blood pressure.
You also need routine blood pressure checks in-office and at home to monitor your blood pressure in the long-term. Routine blood pressure checks help your Verma Health provider monitor your condition and the success of your treatment.
To book a blood pressure check today, call Verma Health or request an appointment online now.
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