High Blood Pressure

Goldome Healthcare, Inc.

Family Medicine Physicians located in West Covina, CA

More than 25% of adults in California have high blood pressure, and most people don’t have it under control. Holistic family medicine practitioner, David Chen, MD, at Goldome Healthcare, Inc., in West Covina, California, understands the importance of improving blood pressure numbers and offers a comprehensive program aimed at lifestyle changes. If you’re looking for a natural way treat your blood pressure, call the office or book an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

Goldome Healthcare, Inc.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a medical condition where the force of the blood against the walls of your arteries is chronically high, increasing your risk of other health conditions.

Your blood pressure consists of two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure: the force of the blood against your artery walls when your heart beats, or the top number
  • Diastolic pressure: the force of blood against your artery walls in between beats, or the bottom number

What does my blood pressure measurement mean?

Blood pressure is categorized based on the measurements of your systolic and diastolic numbers. The measurement is notated in mm HG, or measurement of mercury.

  • Normal blood pressure: 120/80 mm Hg or less
  • Elevated blood pressure: 120 to 129/80 mm Hg
  • Stage 1 high blood pressure: 130 to 139/80 to 89 mm Hg
  • Stage 2 high blood pressure: greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg

How do I know if my blood pressure is high?

In most cases, you may not even know you have high blood pressure because it doesn’t usually have symptoms. However, some people experience headaches, nosebleeds, or shortness of breath when blood pressure is very high.

If you have concerns about your blood pressure, you can monitor at home with a home blood pressure machine or check it at your local pharmacy.

How can I improve blood pressure naturally?

As a holistic practitioner who prefers to treat medical conditions naturally, Dr. Chen may recommend you eat a healthy balanced diet and add regular activity if your blood pressure is running high.

Simple diet changes, such as not adding salt to your food or eating more home-cooked meals instead of ordering out, can have a significant impact on your blood pressure.

Regular exercise also improves blood pressure numbers. For good health, aim for at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity, such as walking or swimming, most days of the week.

Eating a healthier diet and getting regular activity may also help you lose weight, which also improves blood pressure.

What types of medications help high blood pressure?

If diet and exercise alone can’t improve your high blood pressure, Dr. Chen may prescribe medication.

Types of medications used to treat high blood pressure include:

  • Diuretics
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers

If you’re looking for a natural treatment for high blood pressure, call the office or book an appointment online.