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Every time your heart beats, it pushes blood full of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. Meanwhile, blood that has delivered its supply of oxygen and nutrients returns to your heart and lungs to get replenished.
With every heartbeat, blood pushes against the walls of your veins and arteries — your blood vessels. You need some level of blood pressure to make sure blood gets where it’s going, but when blood pressure rises too high, it can damage your blood vessels and lead to forms of cardiovascular disease.
This condition is known as high blood pressure, also called hypertension, and it affects about 75 million Americans. Dr. Rolando Perez at ALON Family Health sees patients every day who have high blood pressure. Experts estimate that millions more have hypertension and don’t know it. Could that be you?
There’s a reason that millions of people don’t know they have high blood pressure: It typically shows absolutely no signs or symptoms. That’s why it has earned the nickname of the “silent killer.” In rare cases, hypertension can lead to symptoms like headaches, which you may still attribute to something else, such as lack of sleep or exposure to loud noise.
Though high blood pressure shows no symptoms, you can weigh your risk for the condition by looking at the factors that influence blood pressure. Risk factors for high blood pressure include:
Also, certain diseases can increase your blood pressure secondarily, including kidney disease and diabetes.
There is only one way to tell if you have high blood pressure: See your doctor and get your blood pressure checked.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers, your systolic blood pressure and your diastolic blood pressure. If these numbers are more than 120 mmHg and 80 mmHG respectively (expressed as 120/80 mmHg), you’re at risk for hypertension. If your numbers read 140/90 mmHg or higher, you already have hypertension.
You should get your blood pressure checked regularly with your doctor or purchase a digital at-home blood pressure cuff for regular use. Dr. Perez takes blood pressure readings as part of general wellness check-ups and chronic care, as well as any time you come in for an illness or injury.
To get your blood pressure checked, schedule an appointment with Dr. Perez today. Call our San Antonio, Texas, office at 210-384-1195 or book your appointment online. You can also send Dr. Perez and the team a message here on their website.
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