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High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading cause of stroke and heart attack because the heart works harder to pump blood, causing stress on the blood vessels and an increased risk of damage.
High blood pressure has no direct symptoms, so constant monitoring is essential. Treating high blood pressure can involve medication and collaborative therapy. Lifestyle changes can also reduce blood vessel damage that leads to coronary artery disease, heart failure and heart attack.
Managing High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is often caused by family history, aging, plaque buildup, structural damage to blood vessels or medication. Blood pressure is measured when the heart contracts (systolic) and when it relaxes (diastolic). You have high blood pressure (hypertension) when your top number (systolic) is more than 140mm Hg and your lower number (diastolic) is less than 90mm Hg.
If you have high blood pressure, we’ll help you address your risk factors and create a plan to keep your numbers in check. At Tennessee Heart & Vascular, we take an individualized approach to your heart health and walk with you every step of the way. We will partner with you to monitor your progress and improve your overall health.