High Blood Pressure Specialist

Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates

General Family Medicine located in Aliso Viejo, CA

Experts call high blood pressure the “Silent Killer.” If you need to check your blood pressure, or you need help managing it, seek out assistance with the dedicated team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates, located in Aliso Viejo, California. To get started, call or use the online booking tool today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, which some people call hypertension, is a serious condition. It occurs when the force with which your blood flows through your blood vessels is consistently higher than it should be.

High blood pressure is one of the most common ailments in the United States today. Some experts believe that nearly half of the American adult population has high blood pressure, though many of them don’t know it.

How do you interpret a blood pressure reading?

To understand a blood pressure reading, you need to understand the top and bottom numbers.

Normal

A normal blood pressure reading shows the top number, or systolic number, as somewhere under 120, and the bottom number, or diastolic number, under 80 (120/80).

Elevated

Between 120 and 129 systolic and under 80 diastolic is considered elevated.

Stage 1 hypertension

If you have a top number between 130 and 139, or a bottom number between 80 and 89, you have stage 1 hypertension.

Stage 2 hypertension

If your blood pressure reading shows a top number of 140 or higher, or a bottom number of 90 or higher, you have stage 2 hypertension.

Hypertensive crisis

If your blood pressure reads as higher than 180 over higher than 120, or it shows either of these numbers individually, your blood pressure is critically high. If you get this reading, seek medical attention immediately.

Why is high blood pressure so dangerous?

High blood pressure, which often presents no symptoms, is so dangerous because it strains and pressures your circulatory system. If left alone, high blood pressure can significantly increase your risk for complications such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Sexual dysfunction

This probably sounds scary, but the good news is, you can do something about high blood pressure before it gets to the point of these complications. High blood pressure is easy to eliminate or control with lifestyle changes.

How can I lower my blood pressure?

To lower your blood pressure, you likely need to make a variety of lifestyle changes. Examples of these include:

  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Proactively managing stress
  • Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Taking all medications properly
  • Quitting smoking

If need be, your doctor may also recommend you manage high blood pressure with medication. Note that, even with medication, if you want meaningful and lasting change, you must adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, or you haven’t had it checked in a while, get it checked by the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates as soon as possible. By taking steps to become informed about your health, you can take steps to a longer, healthier life. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.