In the United States alone, it is estimated that approximately 30% of adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension as it is sometimes called, is a common condition that occurs when your blood pressure rises to abnormal levels and stays there for a period of time. The force of blood pressing against the artery walls is your blood pressure. A blood pressure reading below 120/80 is considered normal. A higher result may indicate hypertension. The top number is called the systolic number, this shows the pressure when your heart beats. The lower or diastolic number, measures pressure at rest between heartbeats, when your heart refills with blood.
When your blood pressure is elevated, it makes your heart work harder and can cause damage to your arteries. If high blood pressure goes uncontrolled, it can increase your chances of getting kidney disease, stroke, or heart disease. High blood pressure is a major cause of strokes and heart attacks in the U.S. It can be caused by a build-up of plaque in your blood vessels which can lead to decreased circulation in the legs and feet . People who have decreased circulation can develop ulcers that can be difficult to treat or heal. Sometimes these open wounds can even lead to amputations.
Some symptoms of poor circulation can be found in the legs and feet . Symptoms can include:
- Sores on the feet or legs
- Loss of hair on the feet and legs
- Color changes in the feet
- Temperature changes in the feet
- Cramps in the feet and legs, especially during exercise
Some people can go years with hypertension and not have any symptoms. Because of this, it is very important to check your blood pressure periodically even if you aren’t having any symptoms. If it goes untreated, it can cause damage to the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, and kidneys.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or changes in your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Kylin Kovac , a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon . Make sure to inform him if you have been diagnosed with hypertension as some medications for foot and ankle conditions can interact with your blood pressure medication. If you need to have foot or ankle surgery, it is also important to get your blood pressure under control before any procedures.
Dr. Kylin Kovac can treat most foot and ankle problems for the whole family! He is committed to improving your foot and ankle health concerns. You will receive the highest quality of care and an excellent healthcare experience!
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