In our office, we get asked a lot, “Why do you take my blood
pressure?” According to the American Heart Association, one-third of American
adults have high-blood pressure. Many patients see Dr. Kim more frequently than
see their physician, providing Dr. Kim and his team an opportunity to educate
our patients about blood pressure and how it affects their overall health.
The following information will better help you understand
the symptoms, risk factors and what happens when blood pressure is untreated.
According to the American Heart Association recommends blood
pressure screening occur at age 20. Blood pressure readings include normal,
prehypertension, two stages of hypertension, and hypertension.
What are the Symptoms
for High Blood Pressure?
Headaches, dizziness, and nosebleeds are not
usually caused by high blood pressure, unless the patient is Hypertensive
· Facial flushing may occur with high blood
pressure, but high blood pressure is not the cause of facial flushing.
Dizziness is not the cause of high blood
pressure, it may be a side effect of some blood pressure medications.
Along with headaches and nosebleeds, patients
may also experience sever anxiety and shortness of breath.
Primary Risk Factors
that Influence Blood Pressure
Several risk factors are associated with the development of
•Overweight/obesity and lack of physical activity
Left untreated, high blood pressure increases the load of
the heart and arteries causing damage to the circulatory system over time, such
as heart enlargement, atherosclerosis where the walls of the arteries become
stiff and brittle as fatty deposits develop inside the artery walls. Untreated
blood pressure can also cause:
•coronary heart disease
•myocardial in farction
•peripheral artery disease
Measuring Blood Pressure in the Dental Office
The National Heart,
Lung and Blood Institute suggests before blood pressure readings are taken
the following conditions should occur
at least 30 minutes prior to get the most accurate:
•no caffeinated beverages
Research studies have shown that people with
normal blood pressure reading between the ages 55 and 65 still have an 80-90%
risk of developing hypertension by the age of 80. With patients living longer,
blood pressure should be monitored and recorder on regular basis.
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