What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. This pressure is measured by the amount of force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. The higher the blood pressure, the harder the heart is working and the stronger the resistance of the blood flow in your arteries.

Hypertension is an extremely common condition, but if left unchecked it can cause serious complications to your health including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Vision loss
  • Kidney disease/failure
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Angina
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Know Your Numbers

It is incredibly important to measure your blood pressure on occasion since many people with high blood pressure are not even aware that they have it. There are few signs and symptoms associated with high blood pressure, so it can be difficult to diagnose without consistent monitoring. Hypertension develops over time, so even if you had your blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office last year, you could still be at risk.

Please refer to the Blood Pressure Chart below to learn the appropriate levels of blood pressure and how to measure your own blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Chart

 

More From Dr. Osuagwu

The Blood Pressure Chart provided does not replace the advice of a medical professional such as Dr. Chuck Osuagwu. If you are concerned about your blood pressure and would like an expert opinion on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, please contact Centerville Medical Center today by calling  (972) 807-6016 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Osuagwu.

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