Blood Pressure Treatment
Blood pressure is one of the most basic measurements of our health. Doctors record it. Most people know their reading. Some people obsess over it. In general it is good to have an idea of what your blood pressure is. It can give you many indications of your health in a number of areas.
Blood pressure is expressed in 2 numbers, such as "120 over 80." The higher number is called the systolic blood pressure. The lower number is the diastolic blood pressure.
As your blood pressure is taken, the blood pressure cuff is pumped up until the pressure is so great that it completely squeezes off the artery in your arm and there is no more blood flowing to the arm. Then the pressure is slowly let out of the blood pressure cuff. This is done as the doctor listens to the artery below the blood pressure cuff. When blood first is pushed through the artery under the blood pressure cuff, a sound is heard of the blood rushing through.
This is the systolic blood pressure.
The doctor continues to listen to the artery as pressure is being let out of the blood pressure cuff. Every time blood is pushed under the cuff a "whoosh" is heard as the blood is pushed through. Once the blood is flowing without any obstruction from the blood pressure cuff, the whooshing sound stops.
This is the diastolic blood pressure.
High blood pressure can indicate problems with:
- The Heart
- The Kidneys
- The Blood Vessels (less flexible blood vessels cause higher blood pressure)
- Your Weight
- Your Medications (some medications tend to drive up your blood pressure)
There are a number of steps that you can take to lower your blood pressure. These include:
- Exercise (this is probably the #1 thing you can do )
- Cut back on salt
- Increase other minerals in your diet
- Studies have shown that increasing minerals in your diet can help your blood pressure
- Stress relief
- There are two parts to this. You need to lower your stress level:
- Eliminate the things in your life that are causing you stress. (Sometimes it is really hard to do this).
- Increase your body's ability to handle stress by good nutrition, exercise and supplements.
There are also many more things that can be done to reduce blood pressure. If your blood pressure is a concern for you, call our office. We can help. You can reach us at (479) 443-0800 or you can schedule an appointment online.