High Blood Pressure Specialist

DePersia, Chernoff & Ocasio, PC

Primary Care Physicians located in Woodbury, NJ

High blood pressure can cause heart damage and other serious health problems if you don’t bring it under control. The experienced team of internal medicine physicians at DePersia, Chernoff, & Ocasio PC in Woodbury, New Jersey, are here to help you overcome high blood pressure problems with lifestyle changes, medication, and other carefully chosen treatments. Call the office anytime to get help for high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure

DePersia, Chernoff & Ocasio, PC

What does my blood pressure reading mean?

Your systolic blood pressure is the top number and your diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number.

Normal blood pressure

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. The systolic number must be below 120, and the diastolic must be below 80.

Elevated blood pressure

Elevated blood pressure is a range: 120-129/under 80. If the systolic and diastolic numbers are in these ranges, you have elevated blood pressure.

High blood pressure stage 1 (stage 1 hypertension)

If your systolic number is in the 130-139 range or your diastolic number is in the 80-89 range, you have stage 1 high blood pressure. Only one of the numbers needs to be in the range for it to be stage 1 high blood pressure.

High blood pressure stage 2 (stage 2 hypertension)

If your systolic number is over 140 or your diastolic number is over 90, you have stage 2 hypertension. As with stage 1, only one of the numbers needs to be in the range for it to be stage 2 high blood pressure.

Hypertensive crisis

A hypertensive crisis is when your high blood pressure becomes immediately life-threatening. If your blood pressure is 180/120 or higher, it's a hypertensive crisis. Only one of the numbers needs to be this high for it to be a crisis.

No matter which of these groups you fall into, you can get your blood pressure back into a healthy range with your doctor's help.

When should I get a blood pressure reading?

Whenever you see the doctor, you'll get a blood pressure reading. It's not unusual for your blood pressure to fluctuate slightly, but over the course of your visits, your doctor establishes what's normal for you.

What's the danger of having high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, if not controlled, can lead to serious health problems or even death. This can include:

  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Eye disease and possible blindness
  • Heart disease or heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease

High blood pressure is very much a treatable condition. Work with your doctor so you don't have to risk these serious or life-threatening conditions.

What's the treatment for high blood pressure?

Treatment depends on your symptoms and other factors unique to you. Your treatment may include medication, taken orally each day. You'll likely also need to make some dietary changes. Your doctor will create a plan that works for you.

Call the office for more information or to schedule an appointment.