Queens Medical Centre

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Queens Medical Centre

Opening hours Mon to Fri (8am to 6pm)

About Blood Pressure and Blood Pressure Management

 

Understanding and Managing High Blood Pressure: A Guide for Adults

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common health condition that can have serious implications if not properly managed. Here's what you need to know about high blood pressure, why it's important to control it, and how to do so effectively.

 

High Blood Pressure: What Is It?

Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. High blood pressure means that this force is consistently too high, placing extra strain on your heart and blood vessels.

 

Importance of Identifying High Blood Pressure

Identifying high blood pressure is crucial as it's a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death worldwide. Often called the "silent killer," high blood pressure typically has no noticeable symptoms, which is why regular check-ups are essential.

 

Diagnosing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is diagnosed using a simple and painless test with a device called a sphygmomanometer. The test measures the amount of pressure in your arteries during the active and resting phases of each heartbeat. If your readings consistently show a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher, you'll likely be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

 

Managing High Blood Pressure

Management of high blood pressure involves lifestyle changes and, in many cases, medication.

 

Lifestyle changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the first step in managing high blood pressure. This involves a balanced diet low in salt and saturated fats, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, and managing stress.

 

Medication: If lifestyle changes alone aren't enough, your doctor may prescribe medication. Several types of drugs are available to lower blood pressure, and your doctor will decide which is best for you based on your health status and any other conditions you have.

 

Living With High Blood Pressure

Living with high blood pressure means taking active steps each day to manage your health. Regular monitoring of your blood pressure at home can be a good way to keep track of your progress and see the impact of lifestyle changes or medication.

 

Remember, managing high blood pressure is a lifelong commitment. Regular check-ups and open communication with your doctor are key. We're here to support you, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns about your blood pressure or overall heart health.