High Blood Pressure Specialist

Marion Physician Associates,
Primary Care Practice & Cardiology
located in Ocala, FL

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects around 32% of all American adults today. Whether you’re already suffering from high blood pressure or need help preventing it, the dedicated team at Marion Physician Associates, P.A. has solutions for you. Use the online booking tool or call to book an appointment at one of the two convenient Ocala, Florida, offices now.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure means that the force of your blood pushing against your artery walls is too high. High blood pressure is a major health issue that dramatically raises your risk for stroke, heart attack, and other severe or fatal health problems. 

How does high blood pressure affect my health?

High blood pressure can damage your health in several significant ways, including:

Heart enlargement

High blood pressure forces your heart to work particularly hard, which enlarges the heart muscle. An enlarged heart can't keep up normal blood flow, and this can eventually lead to heart failure.

High blood pressure can also cause kidney damage and eye damage. If you don't take steps to manage your high blood pressure, it could kill you. But don't worry: The Marion Physician Associates team is here to help. 

How do I lower my blood pressure?

The Marion Physician Associates team can help you make healthy changes like losing weight and exercising more to reduce your blood pressure. You might also need daily medication to keep your blood pressure controlled.

It's a manageable problem, and the earlier you get started managing your blood pressure, the better it is for your heart and whole-body wellness. 

Need More Info?

Book your appointment at Marion Physician Associates, P.A. by phone or through the online scheduler now.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is symptomless. But, eventually it can cause:

Chest pain
Breathing difficulties
Pounding sensation in your chest or head

If you’re having these symptoms, see your Marion Physician Associates provider promptly for help. 

Artery hardening

Prolonged high pressure within your arteries may trigger artery wall thickening. This narrows your arteries, increasing the chance of blood clots blocking the blood to your heart and brain. A blood clot could lead to stroke or heart attack.

What does my blood pressure reading mean?

Blood pressure measurements have two numbers, systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) is blood flow intensity when your heart contracts and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) is blood flow intensity between contractions.

Blood pressure is generally categorized as follows.

Normal: 91-119 systolic and 61-79 diastolic
Elevated: 120-129 systolic and less than 80 diastolic

Stage 1 hypertension: 130-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic

Stage 2 hypertension: 140 or higher systolic or 90 or higher diastolic

If your blood pressure is higher than stage 2 hypertension, it's a medical emergency called a hypertensive crisis.

Call today to schedule your next appointment,
or visit either one of our two convenient locations.

Choose your preferred location

Ocala Downtown

Ocala West

(352) 732-3005
Office Located in Downtown Ocala

1040 SW 2nd Avenue,
Ocala, FL 34471

(352) 861-6633
Office Located in West of Ocala

10230 SW 86th Circle,
Ocala, FL 34481

Marion Physician Associates, P.A.

Address: 1040 SW 2nd Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
Phone: (352) 732-3005

Address: 10230 SW 86th Circle, Ocala, FL 34481
Phone (appointments): (352) 861-6633