High Blood Pressure - newly found

I just found out that I have high blood pressure.What should I do?

The first thing you must do is get under the care of a doctor. Most often, a family medicine doctor or internal medicine doctor will be whom you need to see.

High blood pressure is diagnosed by taking your blood pressure twice a day for two weeks. Take it upon arising in the morning and before going to bed at night. Use an inflatable cuff placed on the arm. The wrist cuff blood pressure devices are in general not reliable.

A good blood pressure is an average of 130/70. However, a reading of less than 145/85 is often a common finding and requires observation. At this level one should consider starting an exercise and weight loss program.

A blood pressure average over 145/85 needs treating. Most patients with high blood pressure require an average of three different kinds of pills for adequate control. Untreated blood pressure puts you at risk for strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and other conditions.

Some conditions that can bring on high blood pressure are diabetes, menopause, weight gain or kidney disease.

Your doctor will want to check the following tests on you: PA and Lateral Chest xray and Electrocardiogram,

Lab work should include CBC, CMP, THYROID PANEL, LIPID PANEL and URINALYSIS.

Last update: 22October2012