Could You Be Among the Millions of Americans Who Have Hypertension and Don't Know It?

A whopping 103 million American adults are considered hypertensive, which is a scary number given the serious health complications that stem from high blood pressure, ranging from cardiovascular problems to dementia. The problem is magnified because so many among this number won’t realize the danger that lurks inside their blood vessels until it’s too late.

The signs are there, however. You just need to know where to look.

Here at Family Practice Associates, under the experienced leadership of Dr. Pamela Abrams, our goal is to partner with our patients in Broomfield, Colorado, for overall health and wellness. Through comprehensive preventive care and vigilant oversight, we provide the tools you need to maintain optimal health long into the future. And a blood pressure check is one of easiest, and most valuable, tools you have in your health arsenal.

If you might be among the millions of Americans who have hypertension and don’t know it, here’s a look at the problem and how you can take control of the situation.

By the numbers

The number of people who are considered to have high blood pressure took a big leap in November 2018. The driver behind this sudden increase is the lowering of the threshold for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80.

The reasoning behind this change in numbers is that medical professionals, including us, want you to have ample time to take action and reverse dangerously high numbers. And the lower they are, the easier it is to do that.

To give you a clearer idea of what we’re talking about, here’s a quick look at how blood pressure numbers break out. The top number is your systolic reading, and the lower number is your diastolic, which are two different measurements of the pressure of your blood against your arterial walls — while your heart is beating and in between heartbeats, respectively.

The bottom line is that your blood pressure numbers should fall under 120 on top and 80 on the bottom, and anything above those numbers is cause for concern.

The silent killer

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is often referred to as the silent killer because there are no outward signs of the condition until it’s too late. This lack of symptoms is one of the main reasons why so many people are unaware of the condition.

And all it takes is a simple and painless blood pressure check to get in the know. At our practice, it’s one of the first things we record with every patient who walks through our door. In less than 30 seconds, we can put a cuff on you and get a reading — it’s as simple as that.

And if the “silent killer” nickname isn’t enough to motivate you, here’s a sample of the extremely dangerous consequences of unchecked hypertension:

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. But there is very good news in all of this — there’s much we can do to lower your numbers.

Getting to work

If we find that you’re in hypertensive territory, we tackle the problem from several angles for the fastest results, which may include:

When done in combination, you’ll be surprised at how quickly we can reduce your blood pressure numbers, safeguarding your health for years to come.

Don’t stay in the dark when it comes to hypertension. Simply give us a call or use the online scheduler to get started.

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