Courtesy of Dr. Quoc Le, Houston Hypertension Specialist

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common condition that will catch up with most people who live into older age. Blood pressure is the force of blood pressing against the walls of the arteries. When it’s too high, it raises the heart’s workload and can cause serious damage to the arteries. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.

If you have high blood pressure and live in Harris or Montgomery County, it is vital that you contact your Houston hypertension doctor today. Blood pressure readings are as follows: Systolic Blood Pressure (the number on top) is the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts; and, Diastolic Blood Pressure (the number on the bottom) is the pressure in the arteries as the heart is in a relaxed state. Normal blood pressure is below 120/80; blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89 is called "pre-hypertension," and a blood pressure of 140/90 or above is considered high while a systolic blood pressure of about 90 to 100 is considered low blood pressure.

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.

A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage.

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