High Blood Pressure: Hypertension

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the arteries have persistently elevated blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing up against the blood vessel walls. The higher the pressure, the harder the heart has to pump.

High blood pressure can lead to damaged organs and increases a person’s chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or early death. Researchers from University of California, Davis reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology that high blood pressure during middle age may raise the risk of cognitive decline later in life.

  • Normal blood pressure is a blood pressure lower than 120/80 mmHg most of the time.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) is blood pressure 140/90 mmHg or above most of the time.
  • Blood pressure numbers at 120/80 or higher, but below 140/90, is called pre-hypertension.

70 million adults in the United States are affected by hypertension. According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September 2012, more than half of all Americans with hypertension do not have their blood pressure under control.


Hypertension is a serious condition, and because there are often no symptoms, you can develop heart disease and kidney problems if your blood pressure is not managed. Hypertension can be controlled with certain actions, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, eating a low salt diet, managing stress and exercising regularly.

Our unique and multi-dimensional Health & Wellbeing Assessment helps to identify actions, education and lifestyle modifications that can benefit you. Then, your health team works with you to develop a personalized action plan to guide the setting of realistic goals that will positively impact your wellbeing and maximize your quality of life.


Nutritional Assessment & Consultation

A nutritional assessment and one-on-one counseling from a registered dietitian.

Exercise Consultation

A personalized exercise action plan, including exercise education and demonstration, is developed in consultation with an exercise physiologist/certified health coach.

DASH Eating Plan 

A recent issue of US News and World Report shared the findings of a panel of health experts who analyzed 35 of the most popular diets in America. The diet rated “Best Overall” was the DASH diet.

DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a lifelong approach to healthy eating designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). Developed in part by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the plan consists of eating a combination of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy plus nuts and seeds. These nutrient-rich foods contain generous amounts of magnesium, calcium and potassium known to reduce high blood pressure. Recent research also suggests the DASH diet supports heart health and helps prevent diabetes and some cancers. One of our registered dietitians, will provide practical information on how you can become one of those who have started the DASH to good health. Please refer to the latest edition of Healthy U to see class schedules.

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