High blood pressure is known as “the silent killer” because it often presents no warning signals. That’s why the blood pressure screenings administered by our cardiologists at the office of [The DOCS are critical in determining whether you are at risk, and what to do if you are.
Your blood pressure measures the amount of force your circulating blood is putting on your blood vessels, specifically in the heart. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the force of the blood pulsing through those arteries is consistently too high. Over time this can weaken your circulatory system and make your arteries more prone to clogging, blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease. This is why hypertension is considered a leading risk factor for death and disability.
Blood pressure readings measure two key functions: Systolic pressure, when blood is pumping from the heart and into the circulatory system; and diastolic pressure, when the heart is resting between heartbeats. Together these measurements are critical in assessing your overall condition.
A systolic number of less than 120 and a diastolic number of less than 80 — usually written as 120/80 — are considered normal.
A thorough examination and assessment by our highly trained staff will indicate whether you need to make lifestyle changes to lower your risk for hypertension. These include adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, cutting down on salt, drinking less alcohol, exercising more and losing weight.
Our cardiologists at the office of The DOCS undergo 10 years of training to gain their expertise in this critical specialty. Besides the standard four years of medical school, they receive three years of instruction in internal medicine and an additional three years learning to treat diseases of the cardiovascular system. Don’t put yourself at risk of this “silent killer.” Call our office today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
May 26, 2021
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