Heart disease, high blood pressure and OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) are well known to have a link to each other. Over 80% of patients that have congestive heart failure also have OSA! Over 80% of patients that take more than 1 high blood pressure pill also have OSA. Do you or someone you love have heart disease or high blood pressure?? May is the High Blood Pressure Education Month, with that in mind here is some basic information about high blood pressure which can help you better understand the risks of untreated high blood pressure.
What Is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure or force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels (known as arteries). Your blood pressure reading is based on two measures called systolic and diastolic. The systolic (top) number is the measure of the pressure force when your heart contracts and pushes out the blood. The diastolic (bottom) number is the measure of when your heart relaxes between beats.
High blood pressure is when the blood pressure in your arteries is elevated and your heart has to work harder than normal to pump blood through the blood vessels.
The table below defines varying blood pressure categories: low risk, medium risk, high risk. See your doctor or healthcare provider to get a proper blood pressure measurement.
BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORIES
Category: Systolic/Diastolic (top number/bottom number)
Low risk: 120 / 80
Medium risk: 121-139 / 80 - 89
High risk: 140+ / 90
There are some exceptions to these categories.
If you have diabetes, the high-risk category for your blood pressure is slightly lower. Your blood pressure should be less than 130 / 80. Consult a healthcare provider if your blood pressure level is higher than 130 / 80 on more than one occasion.
Generally speaking, systolic blood pressure should be less than 150 for people over 80 years of age. But your healthcare provider will consider your overall health and medical conditions before deciding on the right blood pressure level for you.
Snore MD Sleep Apnea Clinics are open 6-7 days a week to provide you with the education on both treating your high blood pressure or heart disease and managing your sleep. Get your blood pressure and breathing checked, stop by any Snore MD location to take our free at-home sleep test!