High Blood Pressure – Why to Be Concerned

High blood pressure or hypertension can lead to peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) and life-threatening problems. Early signs of high blood pressure should be taken seriously. You can have high blood pressure without any symptoms and it can quietly cause damage to your blood vessels and heart. Blood pressure testing is a routine procedure that should be completed at every doctor visit beginning at the age of 18. Your blood pressure should be also be taken on both arms if you have an increased risk for high blood pressure. The Vascular Institute of Dickson specializes in heart health and offers an online P.A.D. assessment test

Heart Health: Signs of High Blood Pressure 

1. Headaches 
2. Nosebleeds 
3. Breathlessness 
4. Fatigue 
5. Confusion 
6. Ringing in your ears/tinnitus 
7. Excess sweating 
8. Vomiting 
9. Blurry vision 

These symptoms provide a useful guide to determine high blood pressure but are not all-inclusive. You may not experience symptoms, and regular checkups are important. If you have concerns, please see a physician for a blood pressure reading. 

Peripheral Artery Disease 

P.A.D. is a disease that is caused by high blood pressure that is left untreated. It is important to treat high blood pressure early because it creates an extra strain on the arteries and blood vessels in your arms and legs causing them to narrow and cramp. 

P.A.D. Symptoms 

Painful cramping in your legs and hips while walking or moving that is relieved when you stop moving is the most common sign of P.A.D. This painful cramping is the result of not enough blood flow to the muscles in your legs and is caused by a lack of energy and oxygen. When you have P.A.D. for an extended period, this pain can become constant. The temperature in your feet or legs may also be colder than the rest of your body. You may also develop sores on your feet or legs and may have hair loss in this area as well. 

If you have had P.A.D. for some time, the pain in your legs may become constant and you may find that your calves and feet are much colder than the rest of your body. You may also develop sores on your legs or feet that do not heal, or you may have hair loss in these areas. 

Detecting P.A.D. 

P.A.D. is detected by measuring the blood pressure in your ankle and your arm. The blood pressure in your ankle is normally 90 percent of your arm’s blood pressure. If it is lower than this, you most likely have narrow leg arteries caused by P.A.D. 

The risk of P.A.D. can be lowered with a diet and by changing habits like smoking. Contact the Vascular Institute of Dickson for more information on treating and overcoming P.A.D. Call us at 615-441-4435 to schedule an appointment today.

By |2019-01-08T19:19:27+00:00February 20th, 2019|High Blood Pressure, PAD, Peripheral Artery Disease|0 Comments

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