Doctor's Appointment

HYPERTENSION

Our blood moves through our arteries and veins with every pump of our heart, oxygenating our cells and maintaining life. Being forced through relatively small vessels naturally places blood under a certain amount of pressure. We measure this pressure using two numbers, represented as one over the other and expressed in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). The upper number reflects the systolic pressure, the force of the flow. The number below represents the diastolic pressure, the extent of resistance to the flow through our blood vessels. The force of the flow (systolic) is generally higher than the resistance encountered (diastolic).

A healthy reading ranges from 90/60mmHg to 120/80mmHg. Consistently higher measurements, particularly those of 140/90mmHg or over, are considered too high (unless you’re over 80 years old). In this case, your doctor may diagnose hypertension, a severe and often chronic condition warranting serious attention and ongoing treatment.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING

Don’t underestimate the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure. Unmanaged high blood pressure, or hypertension, damages your health in the following ways:

  • Increases strain on vessels and organs: Not only does unnaturally high blood pressure place extraordinary strain on your arteries, but it also puts your heart, kidneys, eyes and brain under dangerous pressure.

  • Creates life-threatening conditions: This prolonged strain on your organs and systems increases your risk of developing severe disease. Chronic and often terminal outcomes include kidney disease, strokes, cardiac arrest, coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), aortic aneurysm and a form of dementia.

  • Causes debilitating loss of function: Persistent hypertension can lead to loss of vision, reduced libido in women and erectile dysfunction in men, significantly impacting quality of life.

Although consequences are alarming, research shows that even slight decreases in blood pressure can positively benefit patients. The surest way to avoid long-lasting damage is to see your health practitioner to understand your risks and manage them. Don’t procrastinate; book your blood pressure assessment in NZ today.

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US REGARDING EVALUATING HYPERTENSION IN NZ

We prioritise your heart health and would like to partner with you long-term to optimise your well-being. Allow us to proactively safeguard your cardiac and cardiovascular health and manage and treat any existing conditions. We take care of your health while providing:

  • Professional and efficient service: We provide experienced and competent evaluation and treatment coupled with fast and capable service. We’re aware of and respect your busy lifestyle so that you won’t experience extended wait times. Our team administers comprehensive assessments and treatment schedules quickly and effectively to minimise disruption to your schedule.

  • Trusting relationships and integrity: We eschew the conventional doctor-patient relationship distance to offer you genuine care and closeness. We understand that mutual trust and open, honest communication are essential to ensure the best treatment and management outcomes.

  • Cutting-edge knowledge, treatments, and technologies: We stay up to date with the latest developments worldwide to bring you optimum diagnosis and care. We are proficient in state-of-the-art non-invasive procedures, including complex treatment options. We are conservative, seeking the maximum benefit with the minimum intervention for your health and the sake of your savings.

ABOUT SOUTH ISLAND HEART

Trust us with your heart and health. Our 14 years of experience in the clinical cardiac field makes us your ideal partner for enduring cardiovascular fitness while saving you time and money.

Book your appointment today to evaluate your coronary health and monitor your blood pressure in Christchurch, New Zealand.