High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common condition in which the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is too high.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common condition in which the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is too high. This serious health condition can eventually cause heart disease and additional health issues. Your blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood that your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in the arteries. If your heart pumps a lot of blood and your arteries are too narrow, then your blood pressure will be high. This condition usually develops over many years and will affect everyone eventually. Luckily, it can be easily detected. Once high blood pressure has been discovered, it can be easily controlled and monitored.
Blood pressure measurements:
- Normal: below 120/80 mm Hg
- Elevated: systolic pressure ranging from 120-129 mm Hg and diastolic pressure that is below 80 mm Hg
- Stage 1 hypertension: systolic pressure ranging from 130-139 mm Hg and diastolic pressure ranging from 80-89 mm Hg
- Stage 2 hypertension: systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher
Is high blood pressure linked to obesity?
Obesity is one of the main causes of hypertension and it can alter the course of hypertensive cardiovascular disease in ways that are only now coming to be understood. The strong link between obesity and high blood pressure can further complicate the outlook for patients and effective therapeutic interventions can be difficult to implement. Although it requires a lot of discipline and hard work, weight loss must be the first line of therapy. The right weight loss plans can effectively control blood pressure.
Get weight loss advice and treatments in British Columbia
At MediMax Obesity Institute, our main focus is providing our patients with effective weight loss advice and treatments. If your blood pressure is too high and you would like to get weight loss advice from medical professionals near you, request an appointment online or give us a call at (604) 217-1827. We have three locations in British Columbia: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley.
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