Blood pressure is the force with which your blood pushes against your blood vessels. When your blood pressure is high, that means your heart is working too hard to pump blood throughout your body.
For people under 60, any blood pressure reading over 140/90 is considered high. If you’re 60 or older, readings over 150/90 are considered high.
Genetics plays a significant role in your risk of developing high blood pressure. A variety of lifestyle factors also contribute to the development of high blood pressure. They include:
Certain underlying health conditions also cause high blood pressure, including chronic kidney disease, thyroid disorder, and sleep apnea.
When your heart has to pump too hard to distribute blood through your body, the resulting high blood pressure increases your risk for:
Dr. Feliz-Cruz’s staff takes your blood pressure at every appointment, and there’s a good reason for that. Catching high blood pressure right away allows her to conduct early interventions and help you modify your behavior before your blood pressure causes serious damage.
The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower your blood pressure. If your high blood pressure is the result of an underlying cause, such as sleep apnea or a thyroid disorder, Dr. Feliz-Cruz directs treatment at the cause to lower blood pressure.
If other factors cause your high blood pressure, Dr. Feliz-Cruz may suggest medication like beta blockers or ACE inhibitors to lower your blood pressure. She may start with a diuretic to help your body release the extra water and salt that stress your blood vessels. Then, you can schedule regular checkups with her until you reach your blood pressure goal.
Dr. Feliz-Cruz encourages behavior modification for everyone with high blood pressure. Losing extra weight, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can help prevent high blood pressure. Limiting salt and alcohol may also help you control your elevated pressure.
With Dr. Feliz-Cruz’s help, you may be able to lower your blood pressure through lifestyle changes. If you’re ready to lower your high blood pressure, call her office or use the online booking tool to schedule your first appointment.