Tag Archives: blood pressure guidelines

What Do Those Two Numbers Mean?

Your blood pressure has two numbers – top and bottom. We know that a healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80. But what exactly do each of those numbers measure? During an interview on WLTX-TV this week, Dr. Kenya Cooper of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered that question.

~The top number is the systolic blood pressure. It measures the pressure in your arteries and vessels when the heart is in the middle of a beat.
~The bottom number is diastolic. That’s the pressure when your heart is relaxed between beats.
~Healthy numbers should be at or below 120/80.
~Recently, new guidelines for high blood pressure were released. Now, anything over 130/80 is considered high blood pressure. Previously, it was 140/90. That will mean a lot more people have high blood pressure – and will prompt physicians to make interventions sooner.

For more information about high blood pressure, and to test your knowledge with a quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Under Pressure: Why High Blood Pressure Matters

Today marks the first day of American Heart Month. This year, Lexington Medical Center is focusing on high blood pressure. At least one in three South Carolinians has high blood pressure – and some don’t even know. In this WLTX interview, physician assistant Brittany Chestnut of Sandhills Family Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about why knowing your blood pressure numbers is so important.

~Systolic is the top number of your blood pressure reading. That refers to the amount of pressure pushed against the arteries when the heart is pushing out blood during a heartbeat.

~Diastolic is the bottom number that measures pressure between heartbeats.

~Ideal blood pressure is under 120/80.

~It’s important for patients to monitor their blood pressure at home with an accurate cuff, decrease sodium and caffeine intake, exercise and maintain a healthy weight.

~In the long-term, high blood pressure causes arteries to become rigid and damaged. Over time, that impacts every artery and vessel in the body, which can impact every organ system.

~High blood pressure complications can include heart attacks, strokes, vision loss and even sexual dysfunction.

To take a high blood pressure quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Lexington Medical Center Hits the Target for Controlling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association, has recognized 19 Lexington Medical Center physician practices with the Target: BP™ Gold designation for successfully treating patients with hypertension in the 2016 calendar year.

Recent AHA guidelines define blood pressure as normal at less than 120/80 and high blood pressure as 140/90 or above. The Target: BP program recognizes physician practices, hospitals and health care organizations that achieve hypertension control rates at 70 percent or higher among adult patients.

Hypertension is a major problem in the U.S. One in three American adults has it, and it’s a leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. By keeping hypertension rates under control, physicians and advanced practice providers can reduce the number of Americans who suffer from these and other health issues.

“Target: BP recognition is more evidence of the high quality of medicine delivered at Lexington Medical Center by our physicians and advanced practitioners,” said Robert M. Callis, MD, medical director of Quality and Population Health with Physician Network Services.

More than 300 organizations submitted data for the Target: BP recognition program this year. Congratulations to the following LMC physician practices on this achievement!
−Carolina Women’s Physicians
−Chapin Family Practice
−Harbison Medical Associates
−Internal Medicine Associates
−Lexington Cardiology
−Lexington Family Practice Ballentine
−Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe
−Lexington Family Practice West Columbia
−Lexington Family Practice White Knoll
−Lexington Internists
−Lexington Women’s Care Irmo
−Lexington Women’s Care Lexington
−Lexington Women’s Care West Columbia
−Mid Carolina Internal Medicine
−Palmetto Family Medicine
−Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine (Downtown Columbia)
−Peterson and Plante Internal Medicine (Irmo)
−The Columbia Medical Group
−Vista Women’s Healthcare

New Blood Pressure Guidelines in 2017

    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have redefined high blood pressure as readings higher than 130/80.