Hypertension is a very common chronic health condition that can develop without any outward symptoms. The chances of having high blood pressure generally rise with age. Unfortunately, hypertension can lead to heart attacks and strokes, if left untreated. We know you want to live a long, healthy life and it is really important to ensure that hypertension is diagnosed early and managed properly. It requires attentive management by a highly experienced physician. Dr. Sundar and the team at Total Access MD in Pasadena Texas are highly experienced at managing high blood pressure.
What is High Blood Pressure or Hypertension?
Hypertension/High Blood Pressure (BP) is a health condition that results in a higher than normal force of blood against your arteries. Your lifestyle is likely to play a key role in the development of hypertension.
Lack of exercise, stress, overindulgence in alcohol and nicotine, family history, and chronic illnesses like diabetes and kidney disease are risk factors for hypertension. Hypertension can also be caused by certain medications.
High BP increases the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Regularly monitoring your blood pressure can help prevent a stroke or heart attack and can help avoid other health problems such as weight gain and diabetes.
Manage your blood pressure to avoid irreversible damage to your blood vessels and organs resulting from hypertension.
How is hypertension diagnosed?
Regular blood pressure checks are the way to detect hypertension as it does not produce any physical symptoms for most people. The diagnosis of hypertension can be made during a physical examination.
The procedure involves a blood pressure monitor and is simple and painless. A cuff is placed on your arm and a machine releases a small amount of air into a cuff that squeezes the blood flow out into a rubber tube. The reading is taken when the cuff tightens up. You might also be asked to monitor your blood pressure at home, to determine if blood pressure is related to anxiety.
How can hypertension be treated?
Total Access MD, specialises in chronic disease management and will develop a hypertension treatment plan customised to your condition.
While blood pressure treatment depends on your overall risk factors and the severity of your condition, typically a change to some aspects of your lifestyle accompanied by hypertension medication can help manage the condition and prevent other health problems.
A healthier lifestyle is typically the first line of treatment for hypertension and the experts at Total Access MD will typically recommend a healthier lifestyle including dietary changes, exercise, smoking cessation, stress management and weight reduction if necessary.
In cases where lifestyle changes do not bring your hypertension under control or in severe cases, then we will prescribe suitable medications to help reduce your blood pressure.
The doctors at our medical centre routinely provide comprehensive blood pressure care to patients throughout the Pasadena, TX area. We understand that high blood pressure is often a part of a bigger picture. That's why we will also monitor your health closely with regular appointments and help manage your condition with a personalised hypertension treatment plan.
Visit us at Total Access MD or call us today to get started with a comprehensive hypertension care plan.