TV Spot: "About High High Blood Pressure" by Dr. Robyn Latessa

Robyn Latessa, MD is a family practice physician at MAHEC Family Health Center in Asheville, NC. She received her premedical education at the College of the Holy Cross and received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Latessa completed her internship at East Carolina University School of Medicine and residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Latessa is board certified in family medicine and an active member of the Buncombe County Medical Society and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Hypertension Tip Sheet for WNC/BCMS

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What is high blood pressure?

  • High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when blood moves through your arteries at a higher pressure than normal.
  • High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher (130/80 for diabetics).

How is it high blood pressure diagnosed?

  • It is easily and quickly diagnosed with a simple blood pressure measurement with a cuff around your arm.

Does it have symptoms?

  • Hypertension does not usually cause symptoms. That's why is so important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
  • If you or your family has diabetes, obesity, or heart problems, you may have high blood pressure.

What problems does high blood pressure cause?

  • It can damage your blood vessels, and raise your risk of stroke, kidney failure, and heart attack.
  • Detection can go a long way in preventing complications.

How can you prevent having high blood pressure?

  • Eat a healthy diet low in fat.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Limit salt, alcohol, and caffeine intake.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco products.

If diagnosed with high blood pressure, how is it treated?

  • Treatment begins with lifestyle changes as above.
  • Medications may be needed, and it often takes 2 or more medications to control blood pressure.

This information is not intended to diagnose or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. WNC/BCMS does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.

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