Cardiovascular Health Specialist

Ross Bridge Medical Center -  - Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center

Ross Bridge Medical Center

Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center located in Hoover, AL

One of every three adults in the United States has hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure. Although it’s scary to think you might have high blood pressure, there’s good news: It’s treatable, and you may even be able to lower your blood pressure naturally. The team at Ross Bridge Medical Center in Hoover, Alabama, provides patients in the Birmingham area with the best in urgent care for hypertension and other acute issues. Book online or by phone now.

Cardiovascular Health Q & A

What does my blood pressure reading mean?

Your Ross Bridge Medical Center provider checks your blood pressure at each visit. The simple test includes inflation of a cuff around your arm, which takes just a few seconds. The reading is a pair of numbers representing your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. A healthy blood pressure reading, for example, is 119/79 mmHg.

Systolic blood pressure

The top number in your blood pressure reading is your systolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure shows the pressure inside your arteries as your heart contracts.

Diastolic blood pressure

The bottom number, your diastolic blood pressure, shows your blood pressure when your heart's not beating.

A healthy blood pressure reading is 120/80 mmHg or lower, with the systolic and diastolic numbers less than 120 and 80, respectively.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is another term for high blood pressure. There are several categories of hypertension, according to the American Heart Association:

  • Prehypertension: a reading of 120-139/80-89 mmHg
  • Hypertension, stage 1: a reading of 140-159 or 90-99 mmHg
  • Hypertension, stage 2: a reading of 160 or 100 mmHg or higher
  • Hypertensive crisis: a reading of 180 or 120 mmHg or higher

Your doctor discusses your hypertension stage with you and offers guidance as you work to bring your blood pressure into a healthy range.

How is hypertension treated?

Treatment for hypertension is specific to your health, your symptoms, and the stage of hypertension. In many cases, prehypertension and even early-stage hypertension can be treated without medication.

Losing weight if you're overweight, eating a well-balanced diet, and getting regular exercise may help you achieve healthy blood pressure. As long as you dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle, the chances of lowering your blood pressure to a healthy range are very good.

However, if these lifestyle changes don't work or don't yield the results you need, your doctor may prescribe a daily medication. Medication works best if it's accompanied by healthy lifestyle choices.

If you suffer from hypertension, your doctor may recommend that you use a blood pressure monitor at home each day. If you experience sudden blood pressure spikes, get in touch with your Ross Bridge Medical Center doctor right away.

To discuss hypertension, book your appointment online now or call the Ross Bridge Medical Center office today.