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High blood pressure can cause serious medical issues if not properly managed. Self Care LA offers a comprehensive program of skilled diagnostics and analysis to help men and women with their blood pressure maintenance in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Playa Vista, CA. Our experts will help you monitor your blood pressures and they will work with you to create a program so you can take steps to help keep it under control. Visit us in one of our locations for blood pressure maintenance in Los Angeles.
How is blood pressure measured?
Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg. A blood pressure cuff makes two measurements: The first is your systolic pressure, which is a record of the pressure of your blood against your artery walls as it’s pushed through your body. Your systolic pressure is the top number of your blood pressure reading. The second number is the lower number of your reading, and it’s your diastolic pressure, which is the pressure of your blood in between heartbeats.
What is considered “high” blood pressure?
For people under age 60, blood pressure that has a systolic pressure of 140 or greater or a diastolic pressure of 90 or greater is considered to be high or hypertensive. For people aged 60 and over, systolic pressure of 150 or more or diastolic pressure of 90 or more are considered high.
What diseases can high blood pressure cause?
Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, coronary artery disease, angina (chest pains indicating a strain on your heart), kidney damage, loss of vision, confusion and memory loss, and erectile dysfunction.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure typically causes no symptoms, which is why it’s often called a “silent killer.” Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is one reason why having regular physical exams is so important to your health. In a very few cases, high blood pressure may cause symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, excessive sweating, headache, vision problems, lightheadedness or shortness of breath.
How can I manage my blood pressure?
Self Care LA can help you determine what lifestyle factors you can change to help reduce your blood pressure as well as the risks of the diseases associated with hypertension. They may also prescribe medication to help you get your blood pressure under control.