By: Verve Health Staff
High blood pressure, or hypertension, has often been called ‘the silent killer’ as a person typically does not experience symptoms until after significant damage has been done to the heart and arteries. Today, 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure and 20% of these people do not know it.
Blood pressure is the pressure that circulating blood places on blood vessels within the body. Blood carries nutrients such as proteins, iron, fats, and sugar, which all organs and muscles require in order to function.
‘Normal’ blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. The top number represents
the systolic blood pressure, or the pressure within blood vessels when the heart is beating. The bottom number represents the diastolic blood pressure, or the pressure within blood vessels when the heart is at rest. Even though the 120/80 mmHg is considered ‘normal’, many Americans have numbers that are consistently above this range.
High blood pressure can lead to a variety of complications including heart attack, stroke, and chronic heart failure. Considering the serious side effects, only 54% of individuals with high blood pressure have it under control.
Thankfully, blood pressure can often be controlled by working with your medical providers and/or a health coach. There are multiple ways to manage high blood pressure including lifestyle changes like managing stress, eating better and moving more, as well as medications to lower blood pressure. The nurse practitioners at the onsite clinic can measure your blood pressure and prescribe medications if needed. The onsite health coaches, which includes nurses and a dietitian, can work with you to develop a personalized lifestyle plan to manage high blood pressure. Stop by the Verve Care Center to have your blood pressure evaluated today!
Source: “High Blood Pressure.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 Apr. 2018, www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm.