High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a common health concern that usually responds well to early intervention. Addressing high blood pressure early on reduces your risk of complications like stroke and heart disease. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the team of expert physicians offers comprehensive treatment for high blood pressure. To learn more, call Internal Medicine Practices today or schedule an appointment online.
Blood pressure refers to the pressure placed against your artery walls. When your blood pressure is too high for an extended period, it can damage and weaken the artery walls. The primary role of arteries is to transport oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Without healthy arteries, your heart and other organs can’t receive the healthy blood they need.
High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs gradually and often goes unnoticed for months, even years. With early intervention, the effects of hypertension are reversible. Over time, however, high blood pressure can cause severe complications, like aneurysms, heart failure, stroke, and dementia.
One of the most dangerous aspects of high blood pressure is that it often causes no symptoms. The condition can continue to damage your arteries while showing no signs that it’s doing so. But some individuals with hypertension do experience symptoms, including:
More severe high blood pressure symptoms — chest pain, confusion, and sudden anxiety — can be life-threatening without prompt treatment.
The two kinds of hypertension are primary and secondary. While primary hypertension often has no cause, secondary high blood pressure often stems from an underlying condition, like:
Healthy habits significantly reduce your risk of developing hypertension. Being overweight, inactivity, poor diet, and smoking increase your chances of high blood pressure.
In most instances, treating high blood pressure requires diet and lifestyle changes, like:
Sometimes, your Internal Medicine Practices doctor will prescribe medicine to reduce your blood pressure. They can also prescribe medicine to treat underlying conditions that are contributing to your hypertension.
To learn more about high blood pressure, call Internal Medicine Practices or schedule an appointment online today.