High blood pressure affects an estimated 103 million Americans, and many aren’t even aware of it. At Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, the experienced physicians regularly evaluate your blood pressure and, if elevated, offer treatment to help you avoid serious complications. Call the office in Selma, Texas, today, or use the online tool to set up your appointment and have your blood pressure checked.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What does it mean if I have high blood pressure?
Your blood pressure refers to the force of your blood pumping against the walls of your arteries. If this pressure is too intense, you receive a high blood pressure or hypertension diagnosis.
High blood pressure strains your cardiovascular system and puts you at risk of a number of health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
You won’t have symptoms of high blood pressure unless you reach a crisis level, but the condition does silent damage to your internal organs. Regular screenings keep tabs on your levels. If you have a reading of 130/90 mm HG or above at three consecutive visits, you get treatment for high blood pressure.
Who is at risk of high blood pressure?
As you get older, your risk of developing high blood pressure increases. Age isn’t the only risk factor, however. You’re also more likely to develop high blood pressure if you:
- Have a family history of the condition
- Are overweight or obese
- Live a sedentary lifestyle
- Are under excessive stress
- Consume too much sodium and too little potassium in your diet
If you have diabetes, you’re also more likely to develop high blood pressure.
What complications are associated with high blood pressure?
At Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, the experienced providers help you manage your high blood pressure. Without professional management, you’re at risk of experiencing:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Heart failure
- Kidney problems
- Metabolic syndrome
The sooner you get treatment for high blood pressure, the more likely you can avoid complications and prevent long-term damage to your organs.
What is the treatment for high blood pressure?
Lifestyle changes are an important part of your high blood pressure management. You receive guidance as to how to adjust your diet, lose weight (if you’re overweight), and add more regular physical activity to improve your blood pressure levels.
Medication may also be part of your treatment. Your prescription depends on the severity of your condition and other health conditions you may have. Medication isn’t a replacement for changes to your diet and activity level; rather, it enhances the effects of these lifestyle changes.
Don’t delay in getting your blood pressure checked. Call Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.