How to Recognize and Manage Hypertension

 In General Information, Hypertension

Although hypertension (high blood pressure) is a very common condition, it is a serious one that should not be ignored. Fortunately, hypertension is a condition that can often be managed with lifestyle changes and/or medication.

Since the month of April is Hypertension Awareness Month, we at Community Clinic are taking this opportunity to raise community awareness of this medical condition and seeking better recognition and management of it.

Recognizing hypertension 

One of the first warnings you may get about hypertension is your family history. If there has been a history of high blood pressure in members of your direct family, that could put you at higher risk for developing it yourself. If this is the case, you should plan to get screened often for early detection. It’s important to get screened regularly by a professional because hypertension doesn’t always present with symptoms – patients can feel just fine with the condition until experiencing a medical emergency.

For those individuals who do have symptoms, some of the most common include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Nosebleed
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears

Because regular screenings are so important, it’s critical to make sure the equipment you use is reliable. There are numerous options available, from public screening equipment like the kind at the drugstore, to blood pressure cuffs designed for at-home use. Know, however, that some readings are not always 100 percent reliable. This is one of the why it’s important to regularly visit your healthcare provider for screenings so they can offer advice and help you manage the condition

When you begin to see systolic readings (the top number) above 140 and diastolic readings (the bottom number) above 90, you may have moved into the hypertension category.

Managing hypertension 

The best way to manage hypertension is by making lifestyle changes. These changes include getting regular exercise five days each week, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol, maintaining a sensible and healthy diet, limiting sodium and sugar intake, and managing stress effectively. Understandably, this is a lot to do, especially if you’ve acquired some bad habits.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffers from hypertension, don’t worry – Community Clinic is here to help. We offer comprehensive care and resources for hypertension and can work with you to get your blood pressure under control. We have experts on staff who can answer your questions and provide you with the support you need. Don’t wait – call today to make an appointment or to learn more about how we can help.


Community Clinic is committed to providing high-quality medical service to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay in each of our 16 clinics across Northwest Arkansas.


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