Having high blood pressure (HBP) is more common than you think as it affects approximately one in every three adults, equating to 75 million people. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when the force of the blood in your blood vessels is too high and can:
- Increase your chance of stroke or an aneurysm
- Heart disease, heart attack or heart failure
- Blood clots
- Vision loss
- Kidney disease
High blood pressure is frequently referred to as a silent killer and is especially dangerous because people with HBP will often not experience any symptoms. The risk of having high blood pressure increases with age which is why it’s important to schedule regular check-ups with your doctor and receive frequent blood checks. While there are no standard symptoms to high blood pressure, risk factors like the ones listed below are good to take note of.
Risk factors for high blood pressure include:
- A family history of hypertension and other heart problems
- Obesity and being overweight
- Smoking and alcohol intake
- Physical inactivity or leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
- High cholesterol
- Mental stress or sleep apnea
Depending on the severity of your high blood pressure, many doctors, including our chiropractor may recommend lifestyle changes, including getting more sleep, engaging in more frequent physical exercise, or diet changes and medication to manage your hypertension. We know the risk and effects of high blood pressure are scary, which is why our doctors and medical staff at INSERT PRACTICE NAME are here to help you find answers and lead a better, healthier life.
If you have questions or believe you are suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension, call us today at San Leandro Office (Main Office): (510) 346-0711 or Dublin Office: (925) 241-5990 to request your appointment at Spine & Sportcare with our chiropractor.