Your blood pressure is a measurement of two things:
The higher number, or systolic pressure, is the measure of the force the heart must exert to move blood through the arteries. The lower number, or diastolic, measures the resistance felt as the blood hits the artery walls. The more resistance there is in the arteries, the harder the heart must work to pump blood.
For most people, the ideal blood pressure reading is between 110/60 and 120/80. Under current guidelines, patients who cannot get their blood pressure under 140/90 with lifestyle changes should be treated with medication to get their blood pressure under this target level.
As the name suggests, high blood pressure, or hypertension, means those numbers are higher than they should be for a healthy person. Long-term force on the artery walls leads to complications such as heart disease and stroke. The problem is that people can have high blood pressure and not even know it. This is why Dr. Cordell takes a blood pressure reading at least once at every office visit.
The concept of blood pressure is complex, so doctors break it down into two key categories:
Primary, or essential, hypertension has no identifiable cause. The walls of the arteries tend to stiffen with age, so it’s associated with aging for most patients. It’s also linked to lifestyle issues, such as obesity or lack of exercise. Even a moderate lifestyle change can get rid of the problem.
Secondary hypertension has an underlying cause such as:
With either type of high blood pressure, stress is put on the arteries that will cause damage over time.
Treatment depends on a number of factors, such as whether there’s an underlying cause for hypertension, such as kidney disease. For most patients, though, it’s a matter of making lifestyle changes and taking medication.
Most care plans will include:
Our practice accepts most PPO plans and several commercial HMO and Medicare Advantage HMO plans.
We also accept Medicare assignment. This means that we accept the determination of Medicare about the charges for covered services. Medicare pays 80% of this fee after your yearly deductible. We accept almost all Medicare supplement plans, except Medi-Cal.
If you have any questions regarding insurance providers, please call our office.
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