As many as 1 out of 3 adults in America have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Janis Fowler-Gulde proudly helps people from Webster, TX and surrounding communities manage their hypertension without ever making them feel like just another health statistic.
Hypertension is a condition in which a person has abnormally high blood pressure. Your blood pressure is a measure of how hard and how fast your heart beats, as well as the size and elasticity of your arteries. Another way to think about it is that your blood pressure reflects how hard your blood is pushing against your arteries. A reading reflects both the systolic pressure (how hard your blood is pushing against your arteries when your heart contracts) and the diastolic pressure (how hard your blood is pushing against your arteries when your heart relaxes).
The problem with having blood pressure that's too high is that you're at a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and certain other health problems.
Known as the "silent killer," hypertension does not always present with obvious signs or symptoms. The real way to know if you have hypertension is if you get your blood pressure checked.
The standard "normal" blood pressure rating is 120/80, but the top number (systolic pressure) can be as low as 90, and the bottom number (diastolic pressure) can be as low as 60. High blood pressure is defined as having a reading of 140/90 or greater.
In addition to making important lifestyle modifications (discussed in detail below), hypertension is best treated through the use of certain medications that help to lower blood pressure by normalizing your heart rate, increasing the size and elasticity of your arteries, flushing out retained fluids, and other mechanisms.
The best way to live better with hypertension is to follow your doctor's recommendations and take all your medications exactly as prescribed. You should speak to your doctor if you have any problems with the medications you're taking.
Other ways to better manage your hypertension is by making important lifestyle changes, such as:
Webster Clinic works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.