High Blood Pressure

Charter Health PC

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Salem, MA

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one out of three adults in the United States today. Uncontrolled high blood pressure puts added strain on the heart and is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and other serious medical events. At Charter Health PC in Lynn, Massachusetts, our skilled team will work with you to reduce your blood pressure to healthy levels. Book your appointment using the online scheduler or by calling the office today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a condition in which the pressure inside your arteries is higher than it should. Over time this leads to damage to the arteries and to other organ systems in the body.

What does my blood pressure reading mean?

Your Charter Health PC care provider will measure your blood pressure each time you visit our office. You can also measure your blood pressure at home by purchasing a simple blood pressure device. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers. The first number, called systolic pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart beats. The second number, diastolic pressure, which is the pressure when the heart rests.

Normal/healthy blood pressure

Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or below. This is the goal!

At risk blood pressure

At risk blood pressure is 120-139/80-89 mmHg. If your blood pressure reading is in this range, your Charter Health PC care provider will work with you to identify how healthy changes in diet, stress reduction, and exercise can help reduce your blood pressure to safer levels.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is defined as 140/90 mmHg or higher. At this level, it is essential that we work together to lower the blood pressure to healthy levels. Healthy lifestyle changes such as improved diet, stress reduction, and more exercise are always important considerations. But some patients will need blood pressure medications to safely manage blood pressure.

Your Charter Health PC care provider checks your blood pressure at each visit to monitor your progress. We often recommend patients measure their blood pressure at home, keep a diary of their blood pressures, and follow up with us in the office or by secure electronic communication. This has proven very effective at improving blood pressure control.

What are the dangers of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure leads to a number of serious health problems over time:

  • Atherosclerosis - plaque buildup in your arteries, both large and small
  • Heart disease - heart failure and heart attack
  • Vision loss - retina or optic nerve damage, causing reduced vision or vision loss
  • Stroke – blocked arteries in the brain due to atherosclerosis or ruptured arteries

There are also other potential problems with high blood pressure. The important thing is to minimize these risks as much as possible.

How can I manage high blood pressure?

The Charter Health PC team has extensive experience in managing high blood pressure. Your care provider will first work with you to identify your unique risk factors for high blood pressure and develop a plan for lifestyle changes to lower it into a healthy range.

Relaxation and stress reduction therapy can also be very helpful in lowering your blood pressure. But, if you still need medication after making healthy changes, your care provider can help. The focus is on whole-being wellness, and the Charter Health PC team can help you achieve it.

Click the online scheduler or call Charter Health PC to book your appointment for a blood pressure check today. Telemedicine visits for high blood pressure (no office visit required) are also available!