About one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, which translates to 75 million people who are at risk for serious cardiovascular complications as a result. The good news is that high blood pressure is reversible with the right guidance. At St. Louis Heart and Vascular, the team of physicians provides this expert guidance, helping their patients in St. Louis, Des Peres, St. Charles, and Bridgeton, Missouri, and Granite City, Illinois, take control of their health by lowering their blood pressure numbers. If you’d like to join the ranks of people who are heeding the warning that high blood pressure is giving, call today for an appointment.
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High Blood Pressure Q&A
What is high blood pressure?
When it comes to your health, there are few conditions that warn you in advance, giving you ample time to take action. High blood pressure is one of those unique conditions.
High blood pressure means that the force of blood against the walls of your arteries is high, which can damage your arteries, as well as your heart. And, make no mistake, this damage is life-threatening. In fact, around 1,100 Americans die each day because of high blood pressure, which is a number the physicians at St. Louis Heart and Vascular want to lower.
What causes high blood pressure?
There are many things that put you at risk of developing high blood pressure, including:
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of exercise
- Race (African American men are more susceptible to high blood pressure)
- High-salt diet
- Low-potassium diet
While some of these risk factors are beyond your control, most of them are well within your power to mitigate, allowing you to avoid the dangerous consequences of high blood pressure. And the doctors at St. Louis Heart and Vascular are here to help.
How is high blood pressure treated?
While it used to be that a blood pressure reading of 140/90 warranted medical intervention, the American Heart Association has lowered this to 130/80, and the doctors at St. Louis Heart and Vascular agree with this cautionary approach.
If your simple blood pressure check reveals numbers higher than 130/80, your doctor will recommend approaching your high blood pressure from a number of different angles for maximum results, including:
- Lifestyle modifications, like quitting smoking or exercising more
- Weight loss with the DASH diet, which stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension
- Medications, if necessary
When it comes to high blood pressure, early intervention is the key to success. By working with your doctor and making a few modifications to your lifestyle that benefit your overall health, you can reverse your high blood pressure numbers.
To gain control over your blood pressure, call St. Louis Heart and Vascular today.