Family Care Specialists Medical Group
Family Medicine & Primary Care located in East Los Angeles, Highland Park, and Montebello, CA
High blood pressure is a serious but common medical condition affecting nearly 90 million Americans. With the right care from Family Care Specialists Medical Group, you can manage your high blood pressure, prevent serious complications, and enjoy lasting health. The practice includes board-certified doctors with expertise in chronic health conditions like high blood pressure. Take a step for your optimal health today, call one of the locations in greater Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, Highland Park and Montebello, California) to book a consultation today.
High Blood Pressure
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious but common medical condition. High blood pressure is brought on by the flow of blood exerting excessive force on the walls of your blood vessels. Over time, the extra pressure damages delicate blood vessels and vital organs, including your heart.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.” You can have high blood pressure even if you have no symptoms, but there are a few warning signs to look for, including:
- Shortness of breath
The onset of high blood pressure doesn’t happen right away but gradually over time, which is why high-quality preventive care from Family Care Specialists Medical Group is so important.
How is high blood pressure diagnosed?
Your provider at Family Care Specialists Medical Group examines you and takes a full medical history. You’ll have your blood pressure tested with an inflatable cuff called a sphygmomanometer. The cuff records two numbers:
- Top number: your systolic blood pressure, the pressure of your blood during heartbeats
- Bottom number: your diastolic pressure, the pressure of your blood when your heart rests between beats
Here’s how the blood pressure test works:
- Your provider places the cuff around your arm and gradually inflates it
- The tightening cuff briefly compresses your brachial artery, which temporarily stops the blood flow
- Your practitioner listens to your blood pressure with a stethoscope or an electronic monitor as the air slowly leaves the cuff
Normal blood pressure is under 120/80 mmHg. If your blood pressure readings are higher than that over several readings, there’s a good chance you have high blood pressure.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Your provider at Family Care Specialists Medical Group will talk with you about making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle as a good first step. These changes can include:
- Exercising regularly
- Stopping smoking
- Limiting your salt intake
- Eating healthy, nutritious meals
- Cutting back on alcoholic beverages
- Shedding extra pounds
Your provider might suggest prescription medications to lower your chances of serious high blood pressure-related conditions, such as a stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease.
If you think you have high blood pressure and you want to take a proactive step toward your lasting health, call or schedule an appointment online with Family Care Specialists Medical Group.