You have likely heard the term before, but what exactly is blood pressure and what levels are considered high? More specifically, what risks does high blood pressure come with? In this brief article brought to you by Southern Maryland Medical Group, we will explore the role of blood pressure in your body and address some common concerns. If you are worried about your high blood pressure and would like to speak with board-certified primary care doctors, then feel free to call Southern Maryland Medical Group. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment. We currently have three clinics serving the Southern Maryland area, and we do accept walk-in appointments.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the arteries, which carry blood from the heart to other organs. Blood pressure is measured using two numbers:
Therefore, measurements come in a fraction form (systolic/diastolic). If your systolic blood pressure measured 120 and your diastolic measured 80, your blood pressure would be read as “120 over 80” or written as “120/80 mmHg.”
So, what is considered high blood pressure? According to the American Heart Association’s guidelines, as well as many others, a systolic pressure of over 130 and a diastolic reading of over 80 is concerning. Granted, some healthcare practitioners diagnose high blood pressure when it is 140/90 or higher. Generally, normal blood pressure is under 120/80 mmHG.
As they say, too much of even a good thing is a bad thing. This rings especially true for blood pressure. You want your heart to pump blood to the many organs in your body, but too much pressure has many risks:
Routine visits to a primary care clinic should calm your nerves as your physician will take your vitals and let you know how your blood pressure is doing. A primary care physician will also help you maintain or even achieve a healthy level. You can even purchase a blood pressure monitor and take measurements off-the-cuff yourself. Residents in Southern Maryland are always welcome to our clinics to share questions and concerns. We are happy to schedule an appointment or accept walk-in appointments.
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