Treatment of Hypertension in the Elderly

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, and one of the major risk factors of heart disease is hypertension. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is an extremely common condition that many people don’t even know they have because it often does not produce noticeable symptoms.

Hypertension, though, puts you at risk for a number of health issues, from stroke to kidney disease. Seniors are at particular risk for the condition, with more than two thirds of people over age 65 suffering from it. With hypertension, your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout your body, putting your organs and the heart itself at risk. Fortunately, treatment is available to help you stay as healthy as possible.

Jose Valdez, MD offers comprehensive care for patients of all ages, including those 65 and older. Seniors facing hypertension and other complicated health conditions can find compassionate, personalized geriatric care in our office.

Understanding hypertension and risk factors

Your heart pumps blood through your arteries and veins to your organs and muscles. Blood pressure is a medical reading that measures the pressure your blood puts on the walls of your arteries as it moves.

A blood pressure reading is a means to diagnose high blood pressure. The reading consists of two numbers: the top number is called the systolic, and it measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart beats; the bottom number is called the diastolic, and it measures the pressure in your arteries between heartbeats.

If your blood pressure reading is in the range below 120/80 mm Hg, you have normal blood pressure. If your reading is between 120/80 mm Hg and 129/80 mm Hg, you have elevated blood pressure; you’ll need to take steps to control the pressure before it becomes hypertension. Hypertension begins when your blood pressure reaches 130/80 mm Hg or above.

High blood pressure increases your risk for other serious health conditions, including:

Managing hypertension as you age

Regular wellness exams are important at all ages but particularly as you enter your later years. The elderly population is at increased risk for hypertension and other conditions as their bodies begin to decline with age. Preventive care, early diagnosis, and treatment combine to help you stay as healthy as possible as you age.

During your regular physical exams, Dr. Valdez checks your blood pressure, often more than once since blood pressure varies over time. As you age, your systolic reading, or top number, becomes more important. Isolated systolic hypertension occurs when your diastolic pressure remains in the normal range but your systolic pressure exceeds 130 mm Hg. For this and other hypertension issues, Dr. Valdez works with you to find a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Dr. Valdez may recommend medication to lower blood pressure for his senior patients. He may also suggest lifestyle changes that include

All of these can help you maintain a healthy weight, which also helps you manage hypertension.

For compassionate and effective hypertension care, look no further than Dr. Valdez. At his practice in Santa Ana, California, Dr. Valdez and his team offer top-quality care to senior patients with hypertension. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your appointment.

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