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What You Should Know about High Blood Pressure

by Dr.Dennis Petersen

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension occurs when the force of blood against your artery walls is so strong that it causes health problems. There are a variety of different measures that individuals can take to prevent themselves from getting high blood pressure. Mayo Clinic experts recommend these ten ways to control high blood pressure without medication:

• Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline
• Exercise regularly
• Eat a healthy diet
• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
• Reduce sodium in your diet
• Avoid tobacco products and secondhand smoke
• Cut back on caffeine
• Reduce your stress
• Monitor your blood pressure at home and making regular doctor’s appointments
• Get support from family and friends

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31.3 percent of American adults today have high blood pressure. A variety of different factors can put you at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure. A few of these risks include:

Age: As age increase so does risk.
Race: African Americans are more commonly found to have high blood pressure.
Family history: High blood pressure is hereditary.
Being overweight: The more you weigh, the more blood you need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues which if overweight causes increasing pressure on the artery walls.
Using tobacco: Smoking not only increases your risk but also can damage the lining of your artery walls.
Stress: High levels of stress can lead to temporary high levels of blood pressure.

Additional services offered at the family practice office include: Vitamin B-12 and B complex injections, DMV physicals, sports and Worker’s Comp physicals. The office accepts most insurance and HOM plans such as Aetna, Pacificare, Secure Horizons, Scan Medicare and Medicare-MediCal, United Healthcare, Tri-Care, Humana, Blue Cross, Operation Eng, and Cigna. If you have other insurance, just call our office and we will verify for you. Call today for your same-day appointment.

Dr. Dennis Petersen’s, D.O. is located at 27403 Ynez Road, Ste 103, Temecula. To make an
appointment, call (951) 506-3112.