Could You Be Among the Millions of Americans Who Have Hypertension and Don't Know It?

Could You Be Among the Millions of Americans Who Have Hypertension and Don't Know It?

Everyone likes to be in the know, and that’s possible now more than ever — with cameras guarding front doors and alerts on phones with instant notifications about the latest updates. 

Your body also comes equipped with notifications, and medical professionals have ways to get information about your health. But if you miss important indicators that something’s wrong, the results can be devastating. For example, serious health complications can stem from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Nearly half of Americans have hypertension, yet many of them don’t know it. In this blog, our team of specialists at The Doctor’s House, led by Dr. Daniel Maenner, explains hypertension and its impact on your health. Learn how easy it is to determine whether you have high blood pressure so you can take control of your health and get the care you need to prevent serious health problems. 

The numbers behind hypertension

With a simple blood pressure test that takes just minutes, your results reveal two numbers. The top number is your systolic blood pressure, and the lower number is your diastolic blood pressure. These two different measurements show how much pressure your blood exerts against your arterial walls while your heart is beating (systolic) and in between heartbeats (diastolic). 

Here’s a breakdown of how doctors evaluate your blood pressure numbers:

Ideally, your blood pressure numbers should fall under 120 on top and 80 on the bottom, and anything above those numbers is cause for concern.

A few years ago, the number of Americans with hypertension spiked dramatically. That’s because medical professionals agreed to lower the threshold for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. This adjustment, while it may seem minor, now gives you time to take action and reverse hypertension.

Silent but deadly

Hypertension has gained a reputation as a silent killer because there are no outward signs of high blood pressure in its earlier stages, causing many people to be unaware of the presence of hypertension until it’s too late. Potentially serious consequences of unchecked hypertension include:

Fortunately, it only takes a simple and painless blood pressure check to know if you have hypertension. At The Doctor’s House, it’s one of the first things we record when you arrive for an appointment.

Addressing hypertension

We also offer comprehensive treatments that help you quickly and conservatively manage your hypertension. If we find that you’re at risk for hypertension, we take a proactive approach and create an action plan that works for you. This may include:

When done in combination, you may be surprised at how quickly you can reduce your blood pressure numbers, safeguarding your health for years to come.

Don’t leave your health to chance. Click or call to schedule an appointment at our office in West New York, New Jersey, today.

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