Whether you’ve been told you have hypertension or you have a family history of high blood pressure, effectively managing your blood pressure can reduce your risks of serious health complications. James J. Biemer, MD, and his skilled, knowledgeable team offer people in Portland, Oregon, blood pressure management through their concierge internal medicine practice. With this small, personalized practice, Dr. Biemer helps get your blood pressure to a normal range in the healthiest and safest way possible.
If your blood pressure runs high, you may benefit from blood pressure management. According to new guidelines set by the American Heart Association, your blood pressure is considered high if it reaches 130/80.
Blood pressure management is essential to a long life of health and wellness. Hypertension, the clinical term for high blood pressure, is one of the few indicators of heart disease. This otherwise silent disease leads to major complications such as strokes, heart attacks, and kidney disease. It’s also the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States.
In many cases, you can manage your blood pressure and get it to safe levels without medication. Dr. Biemer and his knowledgeable, compassionate team often start blood pressure management by recommending healthy lifestyle modifications like:
If you make these lifestyle changes and your blood pressure still doesn’t drop below 130/80, or if you’re a high-risk patient, Dr. Biemer may start you on blood pressure medication. High-risk patients include those 65 and older, people with high cholesterol, and those who have chronic conditions like diabetes.
If you’re obese, losing weight is the most effective way to lower your blood pressure to a healthy range. Not only does your blood pressure increase as the scale goes up, but carrying extra pounds puts you at risk for sleep apnea, which also contributes to high blood pressure.
However, losing weight isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Dr. Biemer offers Ideal ProteinⓇ (IP), an innovative medically developed weight loss program that uses phases to help you get the weight off and keep it off.
By combining IP with a healthy, low-sodium diet, you can reach a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure. On average, for every 2.2 pounds you lose, you can expect your blood pressure to drop about 1 point.
With the realities of high blood pressure and the risks it increases, there’s no reason not to try blood pressure management. It might just save your life.