How Skilled Nursing Communities Care for Residents with High Blood Pressure

As we age, we are more prone to developing hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure. In fact, the CDC estimates nearly half of the adults in the United States have hypertension. Individuals with hypertension are at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the U.S. That is why staff at skilled care communities are trained to provide specialized care to residents who have high blood pressure.  

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is when the blood forcefully pushes against the arterial walls. It causes harm by making the heart and blood vessels work harder and less efficiently. Over time, the force and friction of high blood pressure damages the delicate tissues inside the arteries and forms plaque along tiny tears in the artery walls. The more damage that is caused increases the risk for stroke, vision loss, heart failure, heart attack and kidney disease.

Diagnosing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is referred to as a “silent killer” because most of the time there are no obvious symptoms. Measuring your blood pressure is the only way to know if you have a problem. 

A normal blood pressure reading is around 120/80. This chart from the American Heart Association details blood pressure numbers and what they mean: 

High blood pressure can develop because of unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking or not getting enough regular exercise. Health conditions like diabetes and obesity can also increase the risk of developing hypertension. 

How Skilled Nursing Communities Treat High Blood Pressure

Skilled care providers know following a healthy lifestyle can help keep blood pressure levels in check. To ensure residents maintain a safe and normal blood pressure level, providers will:

  • Monitor blood pressure levels on a regular basis 
  • Engage residents in regular physical activity
  • Provide physical therapy if necessary
  • Serve nutritious meals that cut down on salt intake
  • Administer any prescribed medication
  • Consult specialists when required

Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services offers 39 skilled care communities across North and South Carolina that provide specialized care to residents who have high blood pressure. To learn more about our communities and the services we provide, request a free consultation by filling out our online form or calling us at (800) 999-9883.