Understanding Hypertension

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These two sets of numbers can give doctors a quick inside look at your heart. Lee Health cardiologist Dr. Steven Deutsch says if these numbers are too high, patients are considered hypertensive. “Hypertension is an increasing force of blood against the arterial walls that over a long period of time can cause adverse health outcomes, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, and kidney issues, to name a few.”

If patients have a blood pressure of 130/80 or higher they’re considered hypertensive. “It can cause remodeling of the heart muscle. The heart is a muscle just like any other muscle in your body. If you have to increase its workload, it thickens,” he said.

Things like obesity, unhealthy diet, unmanaged stress, and lack of physical activity can put patients at risk for hypertension. “Hypertension is one of the most common reasons that I see patients in my clinic. It’s a dangerous disease because I call it a silent killer. You may not know that you have hypertension,” said Dr. Deutsch.

While symptoms are rare, patients may experience headaches, blurry vision, or nausea with hypertension. “The appropriate way of checking your blood pressure at home is going in a quiet area, sitting down in a chair, legs straight on the ground, not crossed, back up, resting in a chair for five minutes and then checking your blood pressure,” Dr. Deutsch said.

If left untreated, patients can develop heart disease, heart failure, and kidney disease, making it important to know your numbers and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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