Hypertension

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Family Medical Doctors

Internal Medicine & Pulmonary Medicine located in Trinity, FL

You may think you don’t have hypertension because you feel great. But hypertension doesn’t cause symptoms, and nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure, whether they know it or not. The exceptional team at Family Medical Doctors in Trinity, Florida, has helped many adults prevent hypertension. And if you develop high blood pressure, they provide comprehensive medical management to restore your health. If you’re overdue for blood pressure screening or you need to schedule an appointment, call the office or use the convenient online booking feature.

Hypertension Q & A

Why does my blood pressure change?

Your blood pressure is determined by the force of blood pushing against artery walls. This force changes depending on the health of your blood vessels and your total blood volume.

Blood volume goes up or down based on the amount of water and salt you consume and eliminate. The health of your blood vessels depends on variables like your blood pressure, inflammation, diet, age, and chronic health conditions.

Diabetes, for example, makes blood vessel walls less elastic and narrows the arteries. As a result, you’re more likely to develop hypertension.

What causes hypertension?

Health conditions such as thyroid disease and kidney disease can raise your blood pressure. But underlying health problems only account for 5-10% of all cases of hypertension.

In most cases, hypertension develops due to lifestyle factors such as:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Consuming too much salt
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking too much alcohol

Persistent daily stress also makes your blood pressure increase.

What symptoms develop if I have hypertension?

Hypertension is called a silent disease because it seldom causes symptoms. You can have high blood pressure for years and never have a clue that you have a problem. For many people, the first sign of hypertension is a heart attack or stroke.

What health problems develop due to hypertension?

Hypertension damages the artery walls, creating areas where cholesterol can take hold. Over time, you develop atherosclerosis as more fats, calcium, and other substances accumulate in the same area. 

Atherosclerosis continues to enlarge and block blood flow. Depending on where the plaque is located, you develop:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • An abdominal aortic aneurysm 

If the plaque ruptures, it can travel to other parts of your body and cause a stroke or heart attack.

How is hypertension treated?

With regular blood pressure screenings, the team at Family Medical Doctors can catch hypertension at an early stage. At that stage, making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and cutting back on salt, may restore normal blood pressure.

When lifestyle changes don’t lower your blood pressure or if your blood pressure is dangerously high, your doctor prescribes medication.

Whether you need blood pressure screening or ongoing management for hypertension, you get comprehensive care at Family Medical Doctors. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

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