Up to 47% of American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), a chronic condition that increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. At Leonida Family Practice in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, board-certified family medicine physician Efren B. Leonida, MD, Jennifer Leonida, CRNP, and the team provide monitoring and treatment of hypertension. They can make recommendations to lower your blood pressure and keep your heart healthy. Call Leonida Family Practice to receive treatment for hypertension, or book a consultation online today.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) occurs when the force of the blood pumping through your arteries remains abnormally high. If you have high blood pressure, your heart works harder to pump blood, increasing your risk of more serious health problems. To lower your blood pressure, make healthy lifestyle changes and, when necessary, take medication to keep it in check.
Hypertension doesn’t present any obvious symptoms, which is why it’s called the “silent killer.” Visiting Leonida Family Practice once yearly for a wellness exam is the easiest way to reduce your risk. At each visit, the team checks your blood pressure, which alerts them to any change that may be a sign of hypertension.
Hypertension affects people of all backgrounds, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to have high blood pressure if you have a chronic health problem like kidney disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea.
Your Leonida Family Practice provider reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle, and completes a physical exam. Next, they listen to your heart with a stethoscope and take your blood pressure with an inflatable cuff and a pressure-measuring gauge.
A blood pressure reading has two numbers:
The top number refers to the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
The bottom number refers to the pressure in your arteries between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, a normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 mm/Hg (or lower). A reading that’s equal to or greater than 130/80 mm/Hg indicates high blood pressure.
Treatment of hypertension depends on your age, health history, and lifestyle. If you have borderline high blood pressure, healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising regularly, or quitting smoking may be enough to keep your numbers in check.
If your blood pressure remains high, even after healthy lifestyle changes, the team might recommend prescription medication. There are various drugs used to treat hypertension, including:
Follow the team’s instructions and take your blood pressure medication(s) as prescribed.
Call Leonida Family Practice to learn more about treatment for hypertension, or book online today.