Hypertension: Symptoms and Treatment

Hypertension: Symptoms and Treatment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 50% of adults are living with high blood pressure. A 2018 study found that 60% of adults in Florida, including Kissimmee, and Poinciana, FL, have hypertension, and less than 70% have received a diagnosis of the condition. Considering how common it is for adults to have high blood pressure without a diagnosis, Dr. Aamir Javaid of the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, FL, and Poinciana, FL, recommends that you be aware of the symptoms and treatment recommendations.

What is High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the amount of force that your blood is creating against the walls of your arteries. It is normal for your blood pressure to change throughout the day. High blood pressure describes a condition in which your blood is placing too much pressure on the arteries for a prolonged period. This is why your doctor may recommend that you check your blood pressure at home if you have a high reading in the office.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

The easiest way for adults in Kissimmee, and Poinciana, FL, to check for hypertension is to perform a blood pressure check. Ideally, your blood pressure should be less than 120 mmHg systolic and less than 80 mmHg diastolic, or 120 over 80. High blood pressure is considered a reading that is at least 130 mmHg systolic and at least 80 mmHg diastolic.

Physical Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

You should also monitor for any symptoms of high blood pressure. The most common are irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, blood in your urine, chest pains, dizziness, fatigue, problems concentrating, and problems with your vision. If you have any of these symptoms, Dr. Javaid recommends that you schedule an appointment for a physical examination.

Treatment for High Blood Pressure

Medications are very effective for high blood pressure. You may also need to make some lifestyle changes, such as reducing your sodium intake, losing weight, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking. 

Hypertension affects Kissimmee, and Poinciana, FL adults, and it can be dangerous to your heart. If you suspect that you have high blood pressure, call the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care today at (407) 572-8900. We will schedule an appointment with Dr. Javaid at our office in Kissimmee, FL, or Poinciana, FL.