High Blood Pressure

Reese Family Practice

Integrative Medicine & Primary Care located in Eugene, OR

You can enjoy a healthy, active life with high blood pressure. How? With a health and lifestyle plan designed with your overall well-being in mind. Randy Reese, MD, and the team at Reese Family Practice in Eugene, Oregon, provide a holistic, integrative approach to care for chronic ailments like high blood pressure. Take the first step toward optimal health by calling and setting up a consultation today or booking using the online scheduler.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a serious but common medical condition. Almost 90 million Americans have this condition.

High blood pressure happens when the flow of your blood exerts an unhealthy amount of force on the walls of your blood vessels. In time, the extra force and pressure damages delicate blood vessels and vital organs, such as your heart.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, unfortunately, is often called the “silent killer.” That’s because you might have high blood pressure even if you have no symptoms at all. There are a few warning signs to look for, including shortness of breath, headaches, and nosebleeds.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

High blood pressure is easily diagnosed with an inflatable cuff called a sphygmomanometer. The cuff records two numbers. The top number is systolic blood pressure, which is the pressure of your blood pushing against your artery walls during heartbeats. The bottom number is the pressure of your blood when your heart is resting between beats.

The sphygmomanometer works by briefly compressing your brachial artery, which temporarily stops the blood flow. To measure your blood pressure, a practitioner at Reese Family Practice

places the cuff around your arm and gradually inflates it. The practitioner then listens to your blood pressure with a stethoscope or an electronic monitor as the air slowly leaves the cuff.

Normal blood pressure is under 120/80 mm Hg. If your numbers are consistently higher than that, there’s a good chance you have high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

A good first step is making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. Simple steps include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Stopping smoking
  • Limiting your salt intake
  • Eating healthy, nutritious meals
  • Cutting back on alcoholic beverages
  • Losing weight and keeping off extra pounds

At Reese Family Practice, a practitioner examines you and takes a full medical history, and may suggest prescription medications to lower your chances of serious high blood pressure-related conditions. These ailments include strokes, heart disease, and kidney disease.

If you think you have high blood pressure and you want to take a proactive step for your lasting good health, call or schedule an appointment online with Reese Family Practice today.