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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Pikeville Urgent Care & Body Boutique

Urgent Care & Aesthetics located in Pikeville, TN

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, affects one out of every three American adults today. When high blood pressure isn’t treated, you could have a stroke, heart disease, or heart attack, so it’s important to check your blood pressure regularly and get treatment if it’s high. The compassionate caregivers at Pikeville Urgent Care & Body Boutique in Pikeville, Tennessee, offer customized high blood pressure treatment to help you reclaim your health. Book an appointment online or by calling the office today.

High Blood Pressure

What does it mean to have high blood pressure?

If you have high blood pressure, your blood moves against your artery walls too forcefully. Your systolic blood pressure, the first number in a blood pressure reading, refers to artery pressure during heart contractions (heartbeats). Your diastolic blood pressure, the other number in your reading, is the artery pressure between heart contractions.

What should my blood pressure numbers be?

According to the American Heart Association, healthy blood pressure numbers are less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic. Higher numbers mean that you have either elevated or high blood pressure.

  • Elevated: systolic 120-129 and diastolic under 80
  • High blood pressure, stage one: systolic 130-139 or diastolic 80-89
  • High blood pressure, stage two: systolic 140 or more, or diastolic 90 or more
  • Hypertensive crisis: systolic more than 180 and/or diastolic more than 120

If you have high blood pressure, your Pikeville Urgent Care & Body Boutique care provider can help you achieve healthy blood pressure again.

How can I lower my blood pressure?

There are a number of steps you can take to lower your blood pressure after a hypertension diagnosis. Your Pikeville Urgent Care & Body Boutique care provider can help you lose weight, with the help of weight loss medication if necessary.

Your care provider may also recommend the following changes.

  • Eat less sodium
  • Exercise more
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation

Often, these changes work very effectively, and you won’t need medication. But, if lifestyle changes aren’t helpful or don’t get your blood pressure into a healthy range, your Pikeville Urgent Care & Body Boutique care provider can prescribe medication that helps.

If you take medication for high blood pressure, that doesn’t mean you can skip the healthy changes. You need to live a healthy life overall to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level long-term.

High blood pressure doesn’t need to lead to severe health problems if you ask for help now. The caring team at Pikeville Urgent Care & Body Boutique has the high blood pressure solutions and support you need, so call the office or book your appointment online today.