Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but if it stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart and cause health problems. Hypertension (also called high blood pressure) is blood pressure that is consistently higher than normal. The higher your blood pressure levels are, the more you are at risk for other health problems, such as heart disease, heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and more.
Unfortunately, high blood pressure usually has no symptoms or warning signs, and, as a result, most people do not know they have it. Measuring your blood pressure is the only way to know whether you have high blood pressure.
Preventing hypertension can lower your risk for a wide range of health problems, especially heart disease and stroke.
People with hypertension often need to take medicine, in addition to making lifestyle changes to help keep their blood pressure at healthy levels.
There are different types of medicines to treat hypertension, depending on your overall health and how high your blood pressure is. When taking blood pressure medicine, it's important to know your goal blood pressure level. There are different recommended levels for different age groups and health conditions, especially for those with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or coronary artery disease.
Blood pressure medicines can work a few different ways, and patients may need to take more than one type of medicine to control their blood pressure.
San Ysidro Health offers high-quality, accessible primary care and other services that can help you control your blood pressure and remain healthy.
By calling or texting (619) 662-4100, you can schedule an appointment today.