What Is Considered High Blood Pressure?

What Is Considered High Blood Pressure?

According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure numbers that read under 120/80 mmHg (often indicated as “120 over 80”) are considered to be within a normal, healthy range. Unfortunately, about half of people living in the United States have high blood pressure and the numbers continue to climb steadily..

The team at AFC Urgent Care in Ooltewah wants you to understand the concerns that are associated with high blood pressure and what you can do to prevent high blood pressure, both now and in the future.

High Blood Pressure: What Is It?

High blood pressure is defined as a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. In the U.S., high blood pressure is very common. In fact, more than 103 million cases of high blood pressure currently exist in the united states.

Risk Factors of High Blood Pressure

  • A diet that is high in sodium
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Race
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Sleep apnea
  • High cholesterol

What Are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

In many cases, those with high blood pressure experience very few or no symptoms at all. But in some cases, someone with high blood pressure may experience severe headaches, fatigue, vision issues, confusion, irregular heartbeat and/or chest pain, or other symptoms.

Ways to Prevent High Blood Pressure

  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet.
  • Maintain a low sodium diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be sure to have sufficient water intake.
  • Get plenty of sleep each night.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Manage your stress.
  • Drink only in moderation.

Are you worried that you might be experiencing high blood pressure? Come by AFC Urgent Care Center in Ooltewah today for a blood pressure check and to explore your options with our team.