Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is often referred to as the ‘silent killer,’ as it usually doesn’t cause any symptoms until a catastrophe happens such as a heart attack. The goal of treating your blood pressure is to lower it, to decrease the chance of a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure in the future.
The current goal is to have your blood pressure consistently below 140/90, and if you have had a heart attack or are diabetic, to have it below 130/80. 120/80 is the optimal blood pressure for everyone and is associated with the lowest incidents of events. As with most treatments you should monitor your response to therapy.
will give you and your doctor a guide to how you are doing, and how close to the above goals you are. There are now easy to use home blood pressure cuffs that can be purchased for under $100; the heart center does offer these at a modest price. Isolated blood pressure readings in the doctor’s office may be misleadingly high, and home readings over a period of time are more reliable.