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High blood pressure

The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the force of blood pushing against the arterial walls as the heart pumps blood through the body. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common disease which occurs when the pressure against the arterial walls is too high. Hypertension can result in serious health complications if untreated.

Healthcare professionals measure blood pressure both when the heart is beating and pumping blood throughout the body (called systolic pressure) and blood pressure in between beats, when the heart is at rest (diastolic pressure). Blood pressure is written: systolic/diastolic, i.e. 110/70 mmHg.

According to the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the range of blood pressure in adults can be categorized as follows:

  • Low blood pressure (Hypotension) – less than 90/60 mmHg
  • Normal blood pressure – 90/60 to 119/79 mmHg
  • Prehypertension – 120/80 to 139/89 mmHg
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension) – 140/90 mmHg or higher

Common risk factors for developing high blood pressure include:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history
  • Excess sodium consumption
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress

The caring, compassionate doctors available on Heal can conduct a full physical exam in the privacy of your home, which will include taking your blood pressure. Because a Heal doctor house call takes place in your home and involves a very detailed medical history, the doctor will be better able to determine what genetic and lifestyle factors might be contributing to your high blood pressure. They’ll also provide a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your hypertension which may include recommendations and counseling for diet modification and exercise.

If they deem it necessary, your doctor may prescribe medications to manage your high blood pressure. At the doctor’s discretion, they may also draw blood and send it to the lab for further testing or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

If you have concerns about your blood pressure, book a doctor house call with Heal.