High Blood Pressure Specialist

Lagniappe Medical Clinic -  - Primary Care Physician

Lagniappe Medical Clinic

Primary Care Physicians & Multi-Specialty Group located in Columbia, SC & Blythewood, SC

High blood pressure can cause life-threatening events such as heart attack and stroke, but you won’t know you’re heading for trouble unless you have your blood pressure checked regularly. The highly experienced health care team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic provides regular blood pressure checks for patients, ensuring you stay well and avoid serious complications. With branches in Columbia, Blythewood, and West Columbia, there’s an ideal Lagniappe Medical Clinic location for you in South Carolina. Call today, or book an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or what doctors call hypertension, is a serious health problem that can lead to life-threatening heart attack, kidney failure, or stroke, without you even knowing there’s anything wrong.

Your blood pressure reading is a measurement of the force with which blood is pumping through the arteries and around the body. If your blood pressure rises too high, then the force with which the blood is pumping is at a point where damage to the heart and other organs is almost inevitably going to lead to serious medical problems.

Unfortunately, having high blood pressure doesn’t usually cause any symptoms that would make you seek medical help, so without a regular blood pressure check, the first you’re likely to know of the problem is when you suffer a serious health crisis. Therefore, having your blood pressure checked regularly by your health care team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic is essential.

What causes high blood pressure?

Having underlying health conditions such as hormonal imbalances, kidney disease, or diabetes can cause high blood pressure, but the majority of people who have high blood pressure have at least one if not more risk factors due to their lifestyle. These factors include:

  • High-fat diet
  • High levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol
  • High-salt diet
  • Being overweight
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Chronic stress
  • Smoking
  • Overconsumption of alcohol

Blood pressure also rises with age, so the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle become more influential the older you get.

How is my blood pressure measured?

On the plus side, measuring your blood pressure is a simple procedure that only takes a couple of minutes at the Lagniappe Medical Clinic office. Your practitioner puts a blood pressure cuff around your arm and then inflates it, taking two readings that show how much pressure there is when the heart’s beating (called the systolic reading) and in-between beats (called the diastolic reading).

These two figures combine to give you your blood pressure reading.

  • Healthy blood pressure: Below 120 systolic and below 80 diastolic
  • Raised blood pressure: Between 121 and 140 systolic, or 81 and 90 diastolic
  • High blood pressure: Over 140 systolic or over 90 diastolic.
  • Dangerously high blood pressure: 160 or above systolic; 100 or above diastolic

Your health care team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic measures your blood pressure at your annual physical and usually checks it whenever you visit the clinic.

What treatments are there for high blood pressure?

High blood pressure may need medication in some cases, but the best way to reduce it is to make changes to your lifestyle. The team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic can help you by supporting you with healthy eating plans, diet and exercise, and smoking cessation.

Find out more about high blood pressure management by calling Lagniappe Medical Clinic today, or book an appointment online.

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