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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common cardiovascular disease and currently affects millions of individuals including teens and children. In just the United States, over 30% of the population has been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

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If anyone in your family has a history of high blood pressure, or you are concerned you may have high blood pressure already, please schedule an in-depth physical exam with Magdalena and let Crescent Health Family design a health program to reduce your risks and get your health back on track.

Magdalena Rodriguez, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Las Vegas, NV

Magdalena is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Anytime I’m not feeling well she shows genuine concern about my health (like doctors are supposed to!).

Siempre siento que Magdalena realmente se preocupa por mi salud. Se toma su tiempo para responder a todas mis preguntas y se asegura de que lo entiendo completamente.

My husband and I are so pleased with Ms. Rodriguez’ care. I will continue seeing her as my Primary Care Professional. After all these years I found a place to trust.

Ms. Rodriguez is the most caring, good listener and exceptional Healthcare provider. She is concerned about how her patients understand and follow their treatment.

HOW IS BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURED?

Your blood pressure reading appears as two numbers. The higher number is your systolic pressure. This is the force in the arteries when your heart beats. The second number is your diastolic pressure, the pressure in your arteries in while the heart rests in between in beat.

Although it’s very natural for your blood pressure to rise and fall during physical activities and during any emotional stimulation, during a period of rest for healthy adults the blood pressure should be at about 120/80.

If your blood pressure reading is 130/80 or higher on more than one occasion during a period of rest you may have high blood pressure.

If your blood pressure reads 180/120 or higher, seek immediate medical attention.

WHO CAN GET HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

High blood pressure is much more likely to develop in people with a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease, but can also be caused by many other factors.

High blood pressure is also common in individuals who are:

  • Inactive
  • Overweight or obese
  • Smokers
  • Excessive alcohol drinkers
  • Older than 45
  • African Americans
  • Pregnant woman
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Eating excessive amounts of fatty foods and foods high in salt

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS LEFT UNTREATED?

High blood pressure is commonly known as the “silent killer” because it rarely shows any signs or symptoms. Because of this, many people don’t realize they have already developed high blood pressure, and many times don’t find out until it’s too late.

When high blood pressure is left untreated, it can cause several serious problems such as:

  • Stroke
  • Vision problems
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure

HOW CAN I REDUCE MY RISK OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

Although high blood pressure can run in families, fortunately, it can be controlled and is one of the most preventable diseases.

The first step to preventing and taking control of your blood pressure is to schedule a physical exam and review your family medical history with your provider.

Together, we can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and many other serious illnesses by creating healthy lifestyle habits that include:

  • Eating a balanced diet of whole natural foods
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting salty foods
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Monitoring your blood pressure

Do you have high blood pressure or have a family history of hypertension? Give us a call to schedule your next physical exam or book your appointment with us online.