High Blood Pressure
Urgent Care High Blood Pressure Checks
Nearly half of adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension claimed the lives of almost 500,000 U.S. citizens in 2018. Regular blood pressure checks can help with early diagnosis and ultimately save a person's life.
Bayside Urgent Care Center is located in Clearwater, Florida, and we're always accepting new patients. No appointments are necessary.
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels. Your heart pushes blood through your arteries and veins at certain acceptable pressures. When a medical professional takes your blood pressure, they record two numbers. One of these is called "systolic pressure" and the other is called "diastolic pressure".
Systolic refers to the force against your blood vessels as your heart is pumping blood throughout your body. Diastolic is the force against your blood vessels as the blood flows back into your heart.
When a medical professional measures your blood pressure, the numbers represent your systolic and diastolic readings. You will know from these numbers if your pressure is within the normal range. If your pressure is out of the healthy range, you will need to take action to correct it. Here are the specific ranges:
- High blood pressure is anything 140/90 or higher.
- Normal range is less than 120/80.
- Low is 90/60 or lower.
If you suspect you have high blood pressure or just want to check, visit Bayside Urgent Care. Our medical staff is expert at treating this and other non-life-threatening emergencies.
What are the Symptoms?
In most instances, high blood pressure doesn't have symptoms. That is to say, you can have hypertension without realizing it. Some of the most common symptoms you may experience are:
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
Hypertension is the number one risk factor for heart disease and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers of Disease Control. Furthermore, this can lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or kidney failure. High blood pressure should not be left untreated.
What are the Causes?
There are many different factors that can lead to high blood pressure. Some of these factors are preventable, while others are genetically determined.
- Family history
- Alcohol consumption
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High fat and cholesterol diet
What Can I Do?
If you are diagnosed with hypertension, a doctor may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. Immediately after diagnosis, you should try to adopt a healthier lifestyle by doing the following:
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a health diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, poultry, and fish
- Eliminating processed foods and sugars
- Weight loss
- Doing at least 30 minutes of exercise daily
What to Bring When You Visit
To help us treat you effectively, be prepared to tell us about any medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements you use. Inform us of any past medical or surgical history. Finally, include your primary care doctor's phone number and address so we can transfer records, if necessary.
Does Bayside Urgent Care Accept Insurance?
Yes. We accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers. If you are underinsured, uninsured, or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, our services are reasonably priced, and we offer flexible payment plans.
Come to Bayside Urgent Care Center
Our center is located in Clearwater, Florida, conveniently situated to Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, and Tampa. If you are experiencing symptoms detailed above, visit our office or call.
*Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. Always head to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you are experiencing very serious or life-threatening problems. Read What is Urgent Care for more information.