High blood pressure affects more than 100 million Americans. If you’re among them, receive expert management and treatment at Sunshine State Medical Inc in Orlando, Florida. Harvey A. Schub, MD, provides support for your condition that can reduce your chances of stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure. Get your blood pressure checked today. Call the office or book online to schedule an appointment.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is diagnosed when your blood pushes too forcefully against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure readings are represented as a higher number, the pressure when your heart beats (systolic pressure), and a lower number, the pressure when your heart rests between beats (diastolic pressure).
Every visit to Sunshine State Medical Inc. includes a measure of your blood pressure. A normal reading is 119/79 or lower. If you have a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher at three consecutive appointments, it’s considered high blood pressure.
Prehypertension is diagnosed if the top number (systolic) is between 120 and 139 and the lower number (diastolic) is between 80 and 89. Prehypertension can transition to full hypertension if you don’t take action.
High blood pressure risk increases with specific factors, including:
Tobacco use and excessive consumption of alcohol also raise your risk.
Dr. Schub treats high blood pressure with prescription medications and regular monitoring. The medications he prescribes include ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and beta blockers. These medications relax blood vessels and reduce the work of your heart, lowering your blood pressure.
Lifestyle changes are another important step in lowering your blood pressure. These include decreasing sodium, reducing alcohol, losing weight (if you’re overweight), quitting smoking, and becoming more active.
These lifestyle changes also help prevent high blood pressure if you have prehypertension.
High blood pressure doesn’t have outward symptoms until it reaches a crisis level. Internally, the condition does steady damage to your internal organs. Gone untreated, high blood pressure can lead to:
Make an appointment at Sunshine State Medical Inc. to be screened today for high blood pressure so you can avoid these complications. Call the office or schedule using this website.