Hypertension is high blood pressure. Prehypertension occurs with blood pressure readings of 120-139/80-89 mm/Hg. Blood pressure of 140/90 mm/Hg is officially hypertension. Hypertension is a dangerous condition that can have serious health consequences including:
Hypertension is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it often has no signs or symptoms. Many patients have no idea that they have high blood pressure until they're having a physical exam or are in the hospital.
Often, hypertension doesn't even reveal itself until a patient is in hypertensive crisis, so it's especially vital that you see Dr. Silao at Michael Silao, MD, for annual physical exams. During an annual physical, your blood pressure will always be evaluated and Dr. Silao can begin early treatment if you do have hypertension.
The cause of hypertension isn't always known, but the risk factors are very clear. They include:
Hypertension can be avoided in many cases, but you may have to make some positive lifestyle changes to do so. Positive changes can include:
In some cases, patients who are in a prehypertension state may need to take medication to get their blood pressure under control. The most important thing to remember is that hypertension is often completely avoidable if you take the right steps, but it does require a commitment from you. Dr. Silao is here to support you each step of the way.
The treatment for hypertension is often twofold, including both lifestyle changes and medication. Healthy lifestyle changes are sometimes sufficient to reduce blood pressure to healthy levels, but medication may be needed. The earlier that hypertension is identified and treated, the better off you'll be.
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