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Hypertension Education

What is hypertension?

High blood pressure, also known as the silent killer, is a medical condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. 

There are usually no symptoms associated with high blood pressure and if untreated, can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. In a hypertensive crisis, symptoms may include

Severe Chest Pain

Severe headache, along with confusion and blurred vision

Nausea and Vomiting

Severe Anxiety 

Shortness of Breath

Nose Bleeds

There are five stages of hypertension:

Systolic reading less than 120/ Diastolic less than 80 

Systolic reading of 120 – 129 / Diastolic less than 80

Systolic reading of 130 – 139 / Diastolic 80 – 89

Systolic reading of 140 or higher / Diastolic 90 or higher

Systolic reading higher than 180 / Diastolic higher than 120

Control and Prevention

We encourage our patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to control hypertension conditions. 

Medications may also be necessary to treat stages of hypertension. They work by lowering the blood pressure to stable levels and can reduce the risk of hypertension complications. 

Regular medical checkups are also essential to manage your hypertension. 

If your hypertension is left untreated, there are additional health complications that can occur, including:

  • Heart attack or stroke

  • Aneurysm

  • Heart failure

  • Kidney failure 

  • Vision problems

  • Sexual dysfunction

Measuring your blood pressure

CHSI Health Centers offer a hypertensive program to help control your high blood pressure. 

 

Qualified patients receive a Omron Blood Pressure Monitor to help them measure their blood pressure. Talk with your doctor to see if you qualify.   

Click below to learn how to use your Omron Blood Pressure Monitor. 

Omron series 10 - English

Omron Series 10 - Español

Omron Series 7 - English

Omron Series 7- Español

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