How Managing Your Blood Pressure Can Keep You Out of the ER
High blood pressure is defined as having systolic pressure higher than 140 mmHg or diastolic pressure higher than 90 mmHg. High blood pressure affects your body in a number of ways. It exerts additional stress on your blood vessels, heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. If not properly managed, high blood pressure may send you to the ER because of an increased risk in complications such as stroke and heart attack. If you have conditions that affect your cardiovascular health, you might consider working with a physician at a heart hospital to improve your wellness.
By managing your blood pressure levels, you may reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, or the accumulation of plaque on the arterial walls. Having high blood pressure inflicts damage on your blood vessels, making them more likely to become clogged with plaque or develop blood clots. When the blood vessels in the brain are damaged, they are at a higher risk of rupturing or leaking, causing stroke. A stroke can also occur if a blood clot obstructs blood flow to the brain.
Stroke isn’t the only medical emergency that may send you to the ER as a result of unmanaged high blood pressure. If you develop atherosclerosis as a result of hypertension, you may be at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. High blood pressure can also lead to arteriosclerosis, or the thickening and stiffening of the arteries. These changes to your blood vessels can result in reduced blood flow to the heart.
Specialists at heart hospitals often work with patients who suffer from heart failure, which occurs when the heart muscle becomes weak and can no longer meet the body’s demands for oxygenated blood. Unmanaged high blood pressure can eventually contribute to heart failure because it places additional strain on the heart.
Members of the Riverside community and beyond can learn how to manage their heart health with help from the team at the HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. Our heart hospital offers specialized care, including rapid response to cardiac emergencies and cardiac rehabilitation services. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000 to inquire about our heart hospital or our other healthcare services, including robotic surgery, organ transplant, and bariatric weight loss.