Are you suffering from high blood pressure?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a common long-term condition that forces blood against a person's artery walls, which causes health problems like coronary heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Your Grand Rapids, MI, doctor can tell you more about high blood pressure.
More About Hypertension
Many people who suffer from high blood pressure don't even know it. You need to visit your doctor on a regular basis for medical check-ups, which usually starts at age 3. Fortunately, high blood pressure is easily detected and controlled.
You need a blood pressure reading from your Grand Rapids physician every two years, starting at age 18. If you are 40 years or older, or have a high risk of high blood pressure, you need a blood pressure reading every year.
Your doctor checks both arms to determine if there's a difference.
You can also measure your blood pressure at home and/or at a pharmacy, a helpful place to get information about your blood pressure, although going your to your doctor is a better option. Your Grand Rapids physician's machine is more accurate because it depends on several factors like cuff size and the proper use of the machines.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Pounding in the head or chest
- Sharp chest pains
There are several reasons that result in high blood pressure.
Some of those reasons include:
- Being overweight
- Diet high in saturated fat and/or sodium
- Physical inactivity
- Being male
- High stress levels
- Excessive drinking
Some people naturally have high blood pressure but you need to be tested in order to figure out if that's the case or if there's an issue. You'll need to call Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI, at (616) 717-5141 to schedule your appointment or ask any questions about hypertension today!