What is Hypertension?

Your blood pressure refers to the amount of force and pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries. We express blood pressure as a ratio of systolic pressure (the amount of force exerted when your heart pumps) to diastolic pressure (the amount of force exerted when the heart rests). Healthy adults should have a systolic pressure of 120 or less and a diastolic pressure of 80 or less. If your blood pressure raises above 140 systolic pressure and 90 diastolic pressure, you suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure.

What are the Risks Associated with Hypertension?

Several factors influence the likelihood of you developing high blood pressure at some point during your lifetime. Women experiencing hormonal changes are more susceptible to hypertension. Genetic issues such as ethnicity and family history can put you at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure. Of course, lifestyle factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, high stress levels, diabetes, and overconsumption of alcohol can also put you at greater risk.

While hypertension itself does not cause any noticeable symptoms, it does increase your risk for developing:

What Treatment Options Can My Cardiovascular Specialist Offer?

As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, the physicians at Heart & Vascular Associates of Acadiana will prescribe blood pressure medication and to ensure their maximum effectiveness, you must follow the instructions for dosage exactly. With our focus on prevention, our physicians also believe making the right lifestyle choices can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your treatment. We will want you to try and reach a healthy body weight and get at least thirty minutes of physical activity every day. Quitting smoking and reducing the amount of dietary salt you consume can also help lower your blood pressure to a healthy level.


Talk to Your Acadiana Cardiologists About Your Heart Health

To schedule an appointment with Heart & Vascular Associates of Acadiana, please contact our office at (377) 534-4356. Our four offices proudly serve patients in the Lafayette community as well as the entire Acadiana region.