Want to start the New Year off right? Take some time to learn about the
numbers that contribute to your heart (and overall) health: blood pressure,
cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. Once you know, make a plan
with your cardiologist, family physician or other care provider to do
something about your numbers.
You can have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and not know
it. Nonetheless, the condition could be wreaking havoc throughout your
body … affecting your heart, brain, kidneys, peripheral vascular
system and more.
The only way to know whether your blood pressure is high is to have it
measured accurately (the blood pressure machines at the grocery shouldn’t
be your only source of measurement). Further, both the American Heart
Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend that blood
pressure be measured at least twice and the average of all readings be used.
Is your blood pressure high? Here are the latest guidelines:
NORMAL – Readings less than 120 (top) and less than 80 (bottom).
ELEVATED – Readings between 120 and 129 (top) and less than 80 (bottom).
STAGE 1 – Readings of 130-139 (top) and 80 to 89 (bottom).
STAGE 2 – Readings of 140 or greater (top) and 90 or greater (bottom).
HYPERTENSIVE CRISIS – Readings that suddenly exceed 180/120 are considered a hypertensive
crisis and require medical attention. If the readings are accompanied
by chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, changes
in vision, or difficulty speaking, call 9-1-1 immediately.
High blood pressure increases your risk for a variety of cardiovascular
conditions, including stroke, heart disease, angina, heart attack, heart
failure, peripheral artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm. High
blood pressure can damage the kidneys and eyesight.
Do you know what your blood pressure?
King’s Daughters Cardiology can help you manage your blood pressure
while working with you on your other numbers. Our team of board-certified
cardiologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants see patients
throughout the region. For more information or to schedule an appointment,
please call our main office at (606) 324-4745. With offices located in
Ashland, Grayson, Inez, Louisa, Prestonsburg, Sandy Hook and Vanceburg,
Ky., and Portsmouth, Ironton and Jackson, Ohio, we make it easy for you
to receive the world-class heart care you deserve.