High Blood Pressure – Dr. Jennifer Neville – Memorial Medical Group – Shiloh, IL
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High Blood Pressure – Dr. Jennifer Neville – Memorial Medical Group – Shiloh, IL

October 18, 2019

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Dr. Jennifer Neville What is considered high blood pressure or
hypertension? To be diagnosed with hypertension, which is
high blood pressure, you actually have to have two readings of above 140 over 90. Why is keeping your blood pressure at a normal
level important? We’re really trying to prevent heart attacks
and strokes. So if you live with a high blood pressure,
it can cause heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, it can damage your eyes. So it’s really important that you know about
it, and it is silent. It’s a silent killer, as what they call it. People live years and years without knowing
that their blood pressures actually elevated until they have that heart attack or stroke,
so that’s what we’re trying to prevent. How does high blood pressure affect the body? It’s actually damaging blood vessels in your
body. If you think of if you have like a rubber
hose or some type of material like that, and it just constantly has a high pressure running
through it, it’s causing little areas of damage all over that hose and damaging the blood
vessel, and that’s happening all over the body in the little blood vessels in your eyes
and the blood vessels going to your kidneys and the blood vessels going to, you know,
around your heart. It’s damaging those things and over time,
you know, that can cause aneurysms, it can cause end organ damage, so I mean that’s really
what’s happening. It’s just causing damage all over. What are some treatment options for high blood
pressure? There’s lots of different medicines we can
use to treat that. Sometimes if a patient has another problem
that maybe that medicine will help that too we try to choose a medicine that would do
two things you know two birds with one stone. Are medications the only treatment options
for high blood pressure? Absolutely not. I mean there’s a lot of things that the patient
can do themselves if they smoke quit smoking because smoking can elevate blood pressure,
you know. Alcohol, I mean it’s okay to have a drink
here and there, but if you’re consistently drinking alcohol that can elevate the blood
pressure. Being overweight or eating a high salt or
processed food diet can elevate the blood pressure too. And I usually talk to patients about that. I have some patients they are dead-set…do
not want to take a medicine at all cost, and I talked to them about that, you know. We talked about the risk, and what I’ve just
mentioned, you know, how is happening to your body, and I say let’s get it controlled now,
and then let’s work on these other things. You know, diet, exercise…adding all those
things, and I promise them if you lose this weight, and the pressures coming down we can
stop this medicine. You don’t have to take it forever, and I mean,
I call that a success when someone comes in they’ve lost weight and their blood pressure’s
actually lower, and we can peel off those medicines. I mean, that is makes my day.

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