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Blood pressure refers to the pressure of the blood as it pushes up against your artery walls. As your blood circulates, it's being pumped by your heart. Every pump causes the blood to surge against the walls of your arteries. The measurement of this surging action is your blood pressure.
Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Although “normal” blood pressure levels can vary based on lots of factors like age and physical fitness, for most people, normal blood pressure is considered to be no higher than 120/80 mm Hg. When blood pressure exceeds normal levels, it can cause damage not only to the artery walls, but also to the organs that must bear the brunt of the increased pressure. That's why it's important to monitor your blood pressure and do all you can to keep it under control.
High blood pressure rarely causes any symptoms on its own; many people have no idea they have high blood pressure until they have it tested, or until they suffer a serious event like a heart attack or stroke.
Several factors can contribute to high blood pressure including:
Untreated high blood pressure can cause damage to your arteries, your heart, your kidneys and other organs. It also puts you at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Studies have also linked high blood pressure with dementia.
Adhering to a healthy, low-fat diet, getting plenty of exercise and quitting smoking are the best ways to manage high blood pressure; when those methods don't work, there are medications that can help keep pressure in a normal range.
Integrated Healthcare Medical Group accepts most private insurance, Medicarel, Industrial Medicine (Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Immigration). To the right is a short list of what we accept. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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