High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 50% of adults in the United States, putting them at risk for complications like heart attacks and stroke. To get screened for high blood pressure and receive treatment, if needed, visit Bethesda Endocrinology in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael Emmer, MD, has more than 40 years of experience providing personalized and detailed care to help patients with blood pressure issues. Schedule a blood pressure screening today by calling or using the online booking tool.
Blood pressure is a measurement of the amount of pressure your blood exerts on your blood vessels when it travels through your bloodstream. Blood pressure measurements have two numbers: a systolic reading (the first number) and a diastolic reading (the second number). The American Heart Association considers any reading over 120/80 mm Hg as elevated.
High blood pressure — or hypertension — is diagnosed when your measurement is 140/90 mm Hg. Blood pressure over 200/90 mm Hg is called a hypertensive crisis and signals that you’re at an elevated risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Knowing your blood pressure reading is an important part of maintaining your health.
High blood pressure is divided into two categories: primary hypertension and secondary hypertension.
Primary hypertension is diagnosed when there’s no known cause for your blood pressure. It may be related to diet, exercise levels, being overweight or obese, smoking or using tobacco products, or stress.
Secondary hypertension is the result of another medical condition. The most common causes of secondary hypertension include kidney problems, sleep apnea, thyroid or adrenal gland problems, or some medications.
Heredity may play a role in high blood pressure for some people. Get your blood pressure checked to find out your numbers and determine if you’re at risk for complications from high blood pressure.
Diagnosing high blood pressure involves a screening with a blood pressure cuff, which takes less than five minutes.
For those with elevated blood pressure, Dr. Emmer may recommend lifestyle strategies to lower your blood pressure, such as losing weight, increasing your exercise, or decreasing stress. Reducing the amount of salt in your diet can also help lower blood pressure.
Medication management is recommended for those whose blood pressure is still elevated after making lifestyle changes. Different types of medications are available to lower blood pressure, and Dr. Emmer works with you to determine which prescription is best for you.
Schedule a blood pressure screening at Bethesda Endocrinology now by calling or booking an appointment online.