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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

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.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

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.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

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:

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Buzzing sound in the ears
  • Vision changes
  • Irregular heartbeat

More severe high blood pressure symptoms chest pain, confusion, and sudden anxiety can be life-threatening without prompt treatment.

What causes high blood pressure?

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:

  • Kidney disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Use of amphetamines
  • Congenital blood vessel defects
  • Adrenal gland tumors

Healthy habits significantly reduce your risk of developing hypertension. Being overweight, inactivity, poor diet, and smoking increase your chances of high blood pressure.

What are the treatments for high blood pressure?

In most instances, treating high blood pressure requires diet and lifestyle changes, like:

  • Following a healthy diet
  • Reducing your sodium intake
  • Increasing your exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption

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.

Fax: 949-543-2074