The term blood pressure refers to the pressure placed on the walls of the arteries by the blood inside of them. High blood pressure, called hypertension, is diagnosed when the pressure of the blood in the vessels consistently exceeds normal ranges. In most cases, blood pressure should be less than 120/80, but high blood pressure typically isn’t diagnosed until blood pressure consistently exceeds 140/90. When blood pressure falls between these two values, it signals prehypertension and the provider and the patient work together to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension.
In most cases, high blood pressure is not accompanied by symptoms. Regular annual physicals are critical in early detection and treatment of hypertension. In some cases, patients with high blood pressure develop subconjunctival hemorrhage (blood in the eye), dizziness, or facial flushing.
Yes. High blood pressure can silently and extensively damage the patient’s body before symptoms ever appear. The risks of untreated high blood pressure are serious and many:
Because most patients do not experience any symptoms at all and high blood pressure can result in life-threatening illness, regular screening is vital.
While not all risk factors are within the patient’s control, there are many steps patients can take to limit their risk of high blood pressure:
The qualified team at Florida Family Practice can help patients limit their risk.