Hypertension can creep up on you without warning. At Visalia Laser and Skin, Dr. Riba Akhavon screens for high blood pressure during most appointments, so this “silent killer” won’t go undetected. If you have hypertension, they help you incorporate healthy lifestyle changes and medication into your routine to successfully lower it. Call or click to schedule a convenient appointment at the Visalia, California, clinic to get your blood pressure tested.
Blood pressure is a measure of how hard your blood pushes against the arterial walls. The pressure when the heart beats is your systolic blood pressure, and the pressure when your heart is at rest is your diastolic pressure.
The provider uses blood pressure cuff readings to screen for hypertension. The top number represents your systolic pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic reading. Normal, elevated, and high blood pressure readings fall within the following ranges:
Consistent, high blood pressure strains your heart and arteries, causing small injuries that allow plaque to accumulate. This plaque buildup starts to narrow your arteries in a process called atherosclerosis.
Damage to your heart and arteries causes dangerous, life-threatening, effects. High blood pressure may lead to:
The provider designs a customized treatment program that incorporates lifestyle adjustments and — when necessary — medication.
Healthy lifestyle changes
The provider places a strong emphasis on managing your controllable risk factors, such as diet, physical activity, weight, and stress levels. For instance, regular exercise reduces your risk of many health problems, including high blood pressure.
Diet is one of the best ways to manage high blood pressure. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is particularly helpful for lowering blood pressure, and Dr. Akhavon provides the education and support you need to get started with and maintain your new eating habits
Excess weight is another risk factor for hypertension. If you’re overweight or obese, a combination of diet and exercise can help you reach a healthier weight and lower your blood pressure readings.
Since chronic stress can cause elevated blood pressure, it’s important to practice stress reduction techniques to lower it. A regular meditation or yoga practice has been shown to reduce blood pressure.
If lifestyle changes don’t sufficiently lower your blood pressure, the provider may suggest prescription medications. The provider finds the right medication to keep your blood pressure in the normal range.
To schedule your blood pressure screening, call Visalia Laser and Skin or use the convenient online scheduler.