During your visit at AZZ Medical Associates, your healthcare provider will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess your health and diagnose hypertension. This process involves reviewing your medical history, discussing your lifestyle and health habits, and performing a thorough physical examination.
As part of the physical examination, your provider will use a stethoscope to listen to your heart and measure your blood pressure using an inflatable cuff and a pressure-measuring gauge. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm/Hg), which refers to the older method of using a tube partially filled with mercury to determine the pressure.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers:
1. Systolic pressure (top number):
This number represents the pressure exerted on the walls of your arteries when your heart contracts during a heartbeat.
2. Diastolic pressure (bottom number):
This number indicates the pressure in your arteries when your heart is at rest between heartbeats.
If your blood pressure reading is 130/80 mm/Hg or higher, it indicates hypertension. On the other hand, a healthy blood pressure reading is lower than 120/80 mm/Hg.
Understanding your blood pressure measurements is crucial in diagnosing and managing hypertension effectively. Our team at AZZ Medical Associates is dedicated to providing accurate assessments and personalized treatment plans to help you maintain a healthy blood pressure level. If you have any concerns about your blood pressure, please schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable healthcare providers.