What Are Normal Blood Pressure Numbers?

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Blood pressure numbers can be indicative of your overall health. Typically, blood pressure falls into five different categories to let you know if it’s at a healthy level or if your numbers should be improved. Ranging from normal to hypertensive crisis, blood pressure measurements should be done by a medical professional to be gauged accurately. So what is considered “normal” blood pressure?

Systolic Vs. Diastolic

Before diving into numbers, it’s important to know the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Most people know this as “the upper number,” but systolic blood pressure informs you how much pressure your blood is putting on your artery walls any time the heart is beating. Meanwhile, diastolic blood pressure, or “the lower number,” lets you know the amount of pressure your blood is putting against your artery walls whenever the heart is resting between beats. Most doctors will look at the systolic blood pressure (top number) since this is the larger risk factor for heart disease for those over 50. Many people notice an increase in their systolic blood pressure as they age and plaque increases within their arteries.

Normal Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg, you are considered to have normal blood pressure. With these numbers, you can continue your usual heart-healthy habits.

Prehypertension

Once your blood pressure has reached 120-130/80-89 mm Hg, it is considered prehypertension. This puts you at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure and you should take steps to improve it.

Hypertension Stage 1

If your blood pressure is consistently measuring 140-159/90-99 mm Hg, it is considered hypertension stage 1. At this point, your doctor will likely recommend making some lifestyle changes and could possibly prescribe you blood pressure medication.

Hypertension Stage 2

Blood pressure consistently coming in higher than 160/100 mm Hg is diagnosed as hypertension stage 2. Doctors will likely encourage both blood pressure medication and lifestyle changes.

If you’re concerned about your blood pressure numbers, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

 

 

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How to Practice Boating Safety

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Few things beat being on a boat during the summer, but if proper safety is not practiced, a day on the lake can turn into a disaster. Before you take the boat out for a fun summer day this year, it’s a good idea to brush up on safe boating tips.

Check the Weather

To avoid getting stuck in a storm on the lake or ocean, always take a look at the weather before you go out. If you notice the weather changing once you’re out (darkening clouds, changing winds, a drop in temperature, etc.), it’s a good idea to get off the water.

Come Up With a Float Plan

Before you take off on your boating excursion, let a family member or someone at the marina know exactly where you’re planning to ride and how long you’ll be gone. Important information to include in a float plan is: your name, address and phone number, the name and phone number of all passengers, what type of boat you’re in and what your itinerary is

Assign an Assistant

In the case that the skipper becomes injured or is unable to perform his or her duties, it’s crucial that at least one other person aboard the boat knows how to operate it.

Wear a Lifejacket

This should go without saying, but every person on the boat should wear a lifejacket throughout the excursion. Lifejackets should also always be properly fitted prior to departure.

For more summer health tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Common Allergic Reactions to Insect Bites

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Most people think of insects as pesky critters that cause irritating bites, but for those allergic, insects can be deadly. Knowing the signs of an allergic reaction as well as the insects that can cause them is key to treating the problem quickly.

Types of Insects

There are a variety of insects that can cause an allergic reaction, but the most common are stinging insects, such as bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, and biting insects like ants and mosquitoes. It is more likely that a stinging bug will trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction; biting insects rarely do.

Signs of an Allergic Reaction

Most people that are bit or stung by an insect will experience pain, redness, itching and some swelling that goes away within hours or days. However, those who are allergic can suffer from symptoms as minor as itchy eyes or a runny nose to difficulty swallowing.

A life-threatening allergic reaction, commonly referred to as an anaphylaxis, requires immediate medication attention. Each year, 90-100 people die from insect sting anaphylaxis. If treatment is not received immediately, an anaphylaxis can cause death. Symptoms of an anaphylaxis include skin rashes and itching, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, shortness of breath, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea.

Preventing an Allergic Reaction

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to prevent someone from being allergic to an insect. However, you can avoid getting bit by always wearing shoes when outdoors and keeping DEET on you at all times. If you know you are severely allergic to a specific insect, consult your doctor so you can get an epinephrine (adrenaline) shot to carry with you in case you get stung or bit.

If you believe you’ve been stung or bit and are allergic to the insect, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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The fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many families. Between grilling out and hanging out with friends watching fireworks, there’s really nothing that beats this summer holiday. Unfortunately, because of the fireworks, grilling and sun exposure, there are a number of people that experience injuries during the fourth of July.  Follow these simple safety tips to be sure your holiday is filled with fun.

For Fireworks

Both kids and adults look forward to the fireworks show, but there is a hazardous side to them as well. The safest bet when watching fireworks is to find a public show that is put on by professionals. Even so, you should still stay 500 feet or more away from the show. If you are planning to set off fireworks yourself, keep a supply of water nearby, only light one firework at a time and never throw or point the firework toward any humans or animals.

For Grilling

The fourth of July wouldn’t be the same without backyard barbeque. If you or someone else is grilling out for the holiday, make sure the grill is always supervised. All humans and animals should steer clear of the grill as well. All utensils should be long-handled to avoid getting burned. Finally, you should never add charcoal starter fluid to the grill once the coals have already been ignited.

For Sun Exposure

Because kids (and adults) like to spend time outdoors during this holiday, it’s imperative that proper sun safety is practiced. Direct sun exposure should be avoided between 10am and 4pm, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be worn and water should be consumed regularly to avoid overheating.

For more summer health tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.