About the Hypertension Clinic
A resource for patients facing hard-to-control hypertension, the Hypertension Clinic is here for those patients who have already seen their primary care physician about this condition but need that extra attention to bring this condition under control. The Oklahoma Heart Hospital Hypertension Clinic treats hypertension that cannot be addressed by typical family practice medical management alone.
What is Hypertension?
Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Each time the heart beats, it is pumping blood into these arteries—resulting in the highest blood pressure when the heart contracts and is pumping the blood. High blood pressure, or hypertension, directly increases the risk of coronary heart disease (heart attack) and stroke (brain attack). Hypertension is defined in an adult as blood pressure:
- Greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg systolic pressure (Pressure is at its greatest when the heart contracts and is pumping the blood, called systolic pressure.)
- Greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg diastolic pressure (When the heart is at rest, in-between beats, blood pressure falls, called diastolic pressure.)
In short, hypertension is high blood pressure.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, directly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. With high blood pressure, the arteries may have an increased resistance against the flow of blood, causing the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood. Usually, high blood pressure has no signs or symptoms.