House Call: Blood Pressure – Why it’s Important to Know Your Numbers

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Unfortunately, hypertension (high blood pressure) is a very common condition, affecting one in four Americans. 

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While normal blood pressure readings fall below 120/80, an individual is considered to have high blood pressure at or above 140/90.  An individual is considered pre-hypertensive with a reading less than or equal to 140/90. Individuals in the pre-hypertensive stage should begin discussing proper lifestyle modifications with their physician.  

Individuals that receive a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or above at least three times at separate readings, need to begin discussing a combination of lifestyle changes and medical hypertension management with their doctor. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart, kidney and eye disease. 

Because high blood pressure is often asymptomatic, it is extremely important to get your blood pressure checked at least once a year, and even more if you have been diagnosed with the condition already or have pre-existing health conditions.  Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of primary care, family medicine and other related medical specialists and professionals dedicated to managing and treating conditions such as hypertension for individuals in our community.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Jessica Copland, family medicine specialist at Urgent Medical & Family Care on Pomona Drive in Greensboro and a member of Cone Health Medical Staff.  Dr. Copland earned her M.D. from University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Practice at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.