Treating High Blood Pressure in Northcentral PA
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, puts strain on the heart and damages arteries. Having a blood pressure above 120 systolic and above 80 diastolic, means the heart has to work harder to pump your blood.
If you’re struggling with high blood pressure, or would like to learn more about ways to achieve a healthy number, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna. Our cardiology experts offer reliable treatment for high blood pressure in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.
Conditions Caused by High Blood Pressure
- Heart attack
- Aortic aneurysm
- Kidney damage/failure
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Heart valve disease
- Coronary heart disease
Speak with a provider at a UPMC Susquehanna location near you to learn more about conditions related to high blood pressure.
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
The most common risk factors for high blood pressure include:
- Being over the age of 60
- Family history of high blood pressure/heart disease
- Heart/kidney disease
- High cholesterol levels
- Lack of exercise
- Being overweight
- Uncontrolled alcohol consumption (more than 2 drinks a day)
- Unhealthy eating (greasy, salty and fried foods)
Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
Your doctor may prescribe you medications if you are susceptible to high blood pressure, but there are other things you can do to reduce your blood pressure, such as:
- Eat a healthy diet. Reducing your cholesterol will reduce your blood pressure. Control the amount of sodium (salt) you consume, limit saturated fats (in meat and dairy) and avoid trans fats in prepackaged foods.
- Exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight will help your blood vessels and heart work more efficiently. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, whether walking, running, swimming or going to the gym.
- Stop smoking. Smoking increases blood pressure and damages blood vessels. Start a smoking cessation plan today. Ask your doctor for options that can help you quit smoking.
- Control stress. Stress makes your heart work harder and beat faster. Get an adequate amount of sleep, limit stressful situations and try stress-reduction techniques like a stress-management class or meditation through yoga.
UPMC Susquehanna Heart & Vascular Institute provides treatment and management of high blood pressure in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.