Making the Rounds: Hypertension
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Making the Rounds: Hypertension

October 10, 2019

Know your numbers. It’s advice you’ll hear a lot from your doctor
when it comes to staying in control of your health. And some of the numbers your provider is talking
about makes up your blood pressure. It’s the force of the blood pumping out of
your heart, also known as systolic pressure, and the rate it pumps at rest, the diastolic
pressure. If it’s high, you have hypertension. The household name being ‘high blood pressure’. Parkview Heart Institute president and cardiologist
Dr. Roy Robertson explains these numbers and what is too high. We identify 120 over 80 as a normal blood
pressure. And that’s basically where we start. And then we kind of look at blood pressures
that are higher than those and we kind of put them in gradation of relative risk. According to new guidelines by American Heart
Association, more people are now identified in the beginning stages of high blood pressure. And with nearly half of American adults living
with this form of disease with no cure, finding the right treatment is important. Modern medications for high blood pressure
are very clean medications. They have very specific targets in the body
that address the high blood pressure. And we can do that in different ways. We can give a particular medication to a white,
middle-aged male that we wouldn’t give to a young female because of some other concerns
physiologically. And we can really tailor those blood pressure
medicines to the specific nature of that individual’s needs. Dr. Robertson will be the first to tell you, though,
that living a healthy lifestyle is the first step to treating and preventing this condition. Think about exercising, controlling your weight,
eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, thinking about your emotional state, and understanding
your genetics. Also, in that same light, smoking. We just can’t smoke. Because smoking drives blood pressure up. Another main contributor to high blood pressure
is lack of sleep. Often times sleep is under appreciated. When you look at sleep, seven or eight hours
of sleep is optimal for everyone. And the reason the body needs a certain amount
of rest to reset. It needs a certain amount of rest to reset
our mental state, but also to reset physiologically. There are actual chemical changes in the brain
that occur during sleep that change us and the way our physiology works during the day
and that directly can affect blood pressure. This has been Making the Rounds brought to you by Parkview Health.

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