Bethel Family Medicine
Family Medicine & Cosmetics Specialists located in Brockton, MA
If you’re like nearly half of Americans who have high blood pressure, you may be worried about your well-being. With the right care from Bethel Family Medicine, you can manage your high blood pressure and improve your health. Conveniently located in Brockton, Massachusetts, the practice offers same-day on-site blood tests and a comprehensive weight loss plan and nutritional counseling with proven results. Find out more by calling or booking a consultation online today.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the force of blood flowing through your vessels is consistently too high. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to strokes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
High blood pressure is common, affecting nearly half of Americans. The condition oftentimes doesn’t have symptoms, which is why it’s often known as the silent killer. However, with proper health care, you can still live a long, healthy life.
How is high blood pressure diagnosed?
Your provider at Bethel Family Medicine takes a full medical history and tests your blood pressure with an inflatable cuff that records two numbers:
- Top number: your systolic blood pressure, the pressure of your blood during heartbeats
- Bottom number: your diastolic pressure, the pressure of your blood when your heart rests between beats
The process of taking your blood pressure is simple: Your provider puts your arm in the cuff, gradually inflating it. The cuff briefly compresses your brachial artery, temporarily stopping blood flow. As the cuff deflates, your provider records both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
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.
What treatments are available for high blood pressure?
Your provider at Bethel Family Medicine discusses making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle as a first step. You are encouraged to:
- Get regular exercise
- Stop smoking
- Eat healthy, nutritious meals
- Limit your alcohol consumption
- Lose extra weight
If you’d like help with health and fitness goals, Bethel Family Medicine offers nutritional counseling and weight loss guidance in a comprehensive 12-week program using Metagenics®.
Your provider may also recommend a personal trainer to help you stay motivated to reach a healthy weight. Bethel Family Medicine has teamed up with Easton Fitness so you can receive a personalized fitness plan tailored to your needs.
You may also need medication. Your provider talks with you about prescription drugs that can lower your risk of serious high blood pressure-related conditions like heart disease and stroke.
If you’re ready to take control of your high blood pressure, call Bethel Family Medicine today or book a consultation online.
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