Here’s What You Need To Know Now About Your Blood Pressure

https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/high-blood-pressure-in-adults-screening

High blood pressure is measured as 140/90 or higher on two occasions. We are more concerned with the top number when you are over 50. Even those with normal blood pressure have about a 90% chance of developing high blood pressure during your life.

National guidelines for health care providers come about in many ways. Often it’s a single organization, or a group of organizations making their recommendations. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a recommendation statement supporting high blood pressure screening in adults.

The first treatment is to get proper exercise. It’s important to treat high blood pressure so that you feel well, have fewer headaches, and lessen your risk of serious cardiovascular diseases likes strokes and hypertension. And though it is interesting to note what your pressures are when you come to the gyno’s office, it’s really home blood pressure monitoring that is going to give you a firm diagnosis.

We all know about the syndrome of white coat hypertension, which is just an elevated BP at your doctor’s office. But what many don’t realize is that those with white coat hypertension are different than those who do not have this syndrome and those with white coat hypertension are still at risk for various cardiovascular diseases.

One of the important effects of blood pressure is to help maintain proper oxygenation to the tissues. Sex performance is closely linked to cardiovascular disease and fixing blood pressure will help all aspects of sex for both men and women.

Part of treating high blood pressure is to make sure your kidneys are good and watching the creatinine levels can determine if the kidneys are handling the medication you are on.

If you have a family history of high blood pressure, are overweight or obese, smoke, and do not exercise regularly you are at risk for high blood pressure and do need to think about participating in ambulatory screening. At Women’s Health Practice we would also encourage more in depth evaluations including your personal genetic make up risk profile and whole body inflammation evaluation with blood testing.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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