High Systolic Blood Pressure

Treating High Systolic Blood Pressure

Treatment options for high systolic blood pressure are the same as for other types of high blood pressure, in which both systolic and diastolic pressures are high. High systolic blood pressure is treated using lifestyle changes and/or blood pressure medications.
The key for any high blood pressure treatment is to bring the condition under control. Blood pressure should be less than 140/90 mmHg. If yours is not, ask your doctor why. You may just need a lifestyle or drug change (such as reducing salt in your diet or adding a second high blood pressure medication).

Effects of High Systolic Blood Pressure

Any type of hypertension -- including high systolic blood pressure -- is dangerous if left untreated. Both numbers in a blood pressure test are important, but, for some, the systolic blood pressure is especially meaningful. That's because, for those persons middle-aged and older, systolic pressure gives a better diagnosis of high blood pressure.
If left uncontrolled, high systolic blood pressure can lead to:
High systolic blood pressure cannot be cured once it has developed, but it can be controlled. Clinical studies have proven that treating high systolic blood pressure:
  • Saves lives
  • Improves the quality of life.
  • Greatly reduces illness.
Despite these benefits, most Americans do not have their systolic blood pressure under control.

Final Thoughts

To find out if you have high systolic blood pressure -- or any type of hypertension -- see your healthcare provider and have a blood pressure test. The test is quick and painless.
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