Blood pressure is a measurement of the force needed to circulate blood throughout the body. Measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), blood pressure measurements yield two figures.
The first number is the systolic pressure, the amount of force exerted when the heart is contracting; the second number is called the diastolic pressure, and reflects the amount of force or pressure in the vessels when the heart rests between beats. High blood pressure is generally considered to be a pressure exceeding 120/80 mm Hg.
High blood pressure usually causes no symptoms until a serious event like a stroke or heart attack occurs. Having routine blood pressure screenings is critical to diagnosing high blood pressure before it causes damage as well as for maintaining optimal blood pressure levels.
High blood pressure exerts abnormal levels of pressure or force on blood vessel walls, resulting in damage to the heart, kidneys, brain or other organs and tissues. Without proper and ongoing management, high blood pressure (or hypertension) can result in stroke, heart attack, heart disease, vision problems, kidney damage, and even dementia.
High blood pressure can be caused by many factors. Atherosclerosis (so-called hardening of the arteries) is a major cause, developing when the blood vessels become stiff and narrow, usually as a result of poor diet, obesity, genetics or leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Dr. Aussems and Dr. Nagallo offer a proprietary cardio-metabolic solutions program that takes multiple factors into account when assessing and treating high blood pressure. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation to understand risk factors contributing to high blood pressure.
Each treatment plan focuses on lifestyle changes and naturopathic methods to reduce and manage blood pressure while also supporting optimal health and wellness. Nutritional supplementation and counseling are also used to address issues like high cholesterol, obesity, and other issues that can elevate blood pressure to unhealthy levels.
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