More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure, with many more having undiagnosed hypertension. Wilshire Family Medicine Clinic in Burleson, Texas, offers blood pressure checks at every visit to ensure you’re not at risk for additional health complications. If you already have high blood pressure, the staff can provide customized treatment to keep your levels in check and protect your overall health. Learn more about your risk for high blood pressure by calling the office to make an appointment or scheduling an appointment online today.
Your blood pressure measures the force of blood against your arteries. It’s the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other areas of your body, and excessive force against these vessels can lead to serious health complications.
Normally, your blood pressure rises and falls at different points in the day. With high blood pressure, also known as hypertension or HBP, your levels remain high for extended periods of time.
In primary high blood pressure, your levels remain high for no specific reason. Secondary high blood pressure results due to an underlying medical condition, such as:
You can also develop high blood pressure if you use certain medications, such as birth control, over-the-counter cold medicines, and some prescription medications.
Unfortunately, high blood pressure doesn’t present any symptoms until damage is already being done. For this reason, the condition is often known as “the silent killer.”
When blood pressure levels get too high, you may experience symptoms like:
Because of the lack of symptoms associated with high blood pressure, the only way to determine if your levels are too high is to have a standard blood pressure measurement.
Your risk for high blood pressure can increase as you get older. You may also be at high risk for developing the condition due to your:
If you smoke or use tobacco products that can damage your artery walls, you may increase your risk for high blood pressure.
Making changes to your lifestyle and diet can help reduce your blood pressure levels. It’s important that you eat heart-healthy foods and limit your salt intake. You also need to engage in regular physical activity, such as daily walks, to lose excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight.
If these changes aren’t enough to control your blood pressure, you may need medications that improve blood flow by relaxing the arteries.
Your doctor at Wilshire Family Medicine Clinic can determine the best treatment options based on your medical history and the severity of your condition.
Call Wilshire Family Medicine Clinic or schedule a consultation online today to have your blood pressure checked.