High Blood Pressure Specialist

Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA

James A. Roberts, MD

Family Medicine located in Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, FL

Uncontrolled high blood pressure places you at significant risk for many severe health conditions. Serving the Treasure Coast, James A. Rogers, MD, of Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, offers services that help prevent, diagnose, and treat high blood pressure (hypertension). To lower your risk for stroke and vascular disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, is a health condition that causes increased pressure inside your blood vessels. Elevated blood pressure puts unhealthy levels of stress on your cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. Over time, high blood pressure damages the body and places it at significant risk of severe complications, including stroke and heart failure.

Heart health experts call high blood pressure a silent killer, because you may not have any symptoms until your internal organs have already been damaged.  The only way of diagnosing high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. A consistent blood pressure reading of greater than 140/90 indicates you have this dangerous condition.

How is blood pressure measured?

The internal blood pressure of your circulatory system is measured using a blood pressure cuff. Your primary care team may either check your blood pressure using a cuff and stethoscope or a machine that inflates a cuff around your arm and produces a reading.

Two numbers make up a blood pressure reading:

Diastolic

The diastolic measurement, the bottom number of a blood pressure reading, indicates the pressure inside your vessels when the heart is resting between beats.

Systolic

The systolic measurement, the top number of a blood pressure reading, indicates the pressure inside your vessels as the heart is actively pumping blood throughout the body.

A blood pressure reading near or below 120/80 is considered ideal because a pressure higher than this could cause damage to your tissues.

What are the possible complications of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure places both men and women at higher risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Varicose veins
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Glaucoma, or increased pressure inside the eye

It is essential to your health that you have regular blood pressure checks to avoid damage to your body that could be irreversible.

Am I at risk for high blood pressure?

Some risk factors that could place you at higher risk for having high blood pressure include:

  • Male gender
  • Alcohol abuse
  • African-American race
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Recreational drug use
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Diet high in fat or salt
  • Anxiety
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea or other sleep disorders

If you have any of these risk factors, Dr. Roberts should regularly monitor your blood pressure and assess you for any signs of hypertension or complications from uncontrolled high blood pressure.

For a blood pressure check and treatment of high blood pressure, call or schedule an appointment online with Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA today.