With no warning signs or symptoms, the first indication that you have high blood pressure could be a serious health crisis like a stroke or heart attack. The good news is that measuring your blood pressure is simple and only takes moments, so visiting board-certified family medicine physician Brett Blaser, DO, of Blaser Medical in Farmington, Utah, for a blood pressure check is an easy way to safeguard against serious illness. To book your blood pressure screening, call Blaser Medical today or schedule an appointment online.
If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it means your blood is pumping through your arteries with such force, it’s going to cause damage that could lead to serious conditions like:
The danger with high blood pressure is that until the damage is done, you’re unlikely to experience any symptoms. For this reason, undergoing regular blood pressure checks at Blaser Medical is essential.
In some cases, high blood pressure is due to an underlying health problem, such as thyroid dysfunction or sleep apnea. This is called secondary hypertension, and it can also develop as a result of taking certain prescription medications or illegal drug use.
More common is primary hypertension, which in most cases has preventable causes, such as:
Primary hypertension tends to come on more slowly as you get older.
Measuring your blood pressure is one of the most straightforward procedures in medicine, and you get instant results. Dr. Blaser wraps a blood pressure cuff around your arm and pumps it full of air to increase the pressure.
He then takes two measurements: a systolic reading when your heart is beating, and a diastolic reading in between heartbeats. The two readings make up your blood pressure measurement.
A measurement below 120 systolic and 80 diastolic is normal while 121 to 129 systolic and below 80 diastolic indicates elevated blood pressure. If you have elevated blood pressure, it’s likely to get worse if left untreated.
A high blood pressure measurement is between 130 and 139 systolic and between 80 and 89 diastolic (Stage 1 hypertension), or over 140 systolic and above 90 diastolic (Stage 2 hypertension). If your blood pressure reaches 160 or above systolic and 100 or above diastolic, it’s dangerously high.
The most effective way of dealing with high blood pressure is to make lifestyle changes. Dr. Blaser can help you with nutritional information and advice and support with weight loss and exercise. He can also help you reduce your alcohol consumption and quit smoking.
Some patients might need to take medication to help reduce their blood pressure. If you have to take medication, you might only need to take it short term if you also follow Dr. Blaser’s advice and make changes to your lifestyle.
Book your blood pressure exam today by calling Blaser Medical or use the online form to schedule an appointment.