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High blood pressure (hypertension) means the pressure is your blood vessels is too high. About 70 to 80 million American have hypertension — that’s around one in three people. However, only half have their high blood pressure under control. Uncontrolled high blood pressure puts millions of Americans at risk for aneurysm, stroke, organ damage, heart attack, and other heart conditions.
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, our online heart health assessment and in-person blood pressure screenings can help you learn if you have or are at risk for high blood pressure in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Find a cardiologist associated with St. Rose Dominican online or by calling 702.616.4900 to take the next step toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Doctors sometimes call hypertension a “silent” disease. Even when blood pressure readings are dangerously high, there are usually no noticeable symptoms. Undiagnosed high blood pressure can go unnoticed for years, causing irreversible damage to your heart. That’s why blood pressure checks are so important — and why Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers them to all our patients. The American Heart Association recommends regular blood pressure screening every two years starting at age 20.
Your blood pressure reading provides two measurements:
There are two types of hypertension, each with different causes:
Risk factors for developing primary hypertension include:
For primary hypertension, the main treatment includes lifestyle changes (not smoking, regular exercise, and a low-salt diet) and medications such as:
Secondary hypertension is usually treated by addressing the underlying cause to bring blood pressure back to normal.
The cardiologists at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican can help you reduce high blood pressure in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.