Fauquier Family Practice PLC
Board Certified Family Medicine located in Warrenton, VA
High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because it’s a severe health condition that doesn’t exhibit noticeable symptoms until it’s too late. Fortunately, you can get your blood pressure levels checked with a quick, noninvasive test at Fauquier Family Practice, PLC, in Warrenton, Virginia. Michael T. Lin, MD, and his team offer comprehensive diagnostics for hypertension along with management solutions to prevent your condition from worsening. Find out if your blood pressure levels are healthy by making your appointment online or calling the office to book.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What is high blood pressure?
As blood moves through your veins, it exerts pressure on the walls of your blood vessels. It’s a little like water flowing through a garden hose. Too much pressure can create problems.
Almost half of the American adult population is affected by high blood pressure — but many people don’t know they’re living with this condition. The Fauquier Family Practice team wants to change that because high blood pressure heightens your risk for a number of serious health issues, such as:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Kidney problems
- Vision problems
The good news is that finding out if your blood pressure is too high is fast and easy at Fauquier Family Practice.
How do I find out if I have high blood pressure?
High blood pressure doesn’t come with any symptoms. The only way to know if your blood pressure is too high is to have your blood pressure levels tested. Fortunately, this test takes just minutes and is completely noninvasive.
To check your blood pressure, your Fauquier Family Practice provider wraps a cuff around your arm. It tightens around your arm, then slowly releases pressure. As it does, it reads your systolic blood pressure — or the pressure on your blood vessels when your heart beats — and your diastolic blood pressure — or the pressure between heartbeats — measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). If your systolic blood pressure is below 120 mm Hg and your diastolic pressure is below 80 mm Hg, your blood pressure levels are considered healthy.
If your test results show that your blood pressure levels are over 120/80 mm Hg, your Fauquier Family Practice provider works with you to start treatment.
How is high blood pressure treated?
In many cases, high blood pressure can be treated with lifestyle changes alone. You work with the Fauquier Family Practice team to make sustainable changes at home, including:
- Eating a healthy, low-salt diet
- Exercising regularly
- Managing stress
- Limiting alcohol
- Quitting smoking
Your Fauquier Family Practice provider works with you to make the changes you need to protect your long-term health. If lifestyle changes aren’t effective, your provider can also explore medication options with you.
To get your blood pressure levels checked and find out if there are any changes you can make to safeguard your health, call Fauquier Family Practice or make an appointment online.