Premier Primary Care
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in New Albany, IN
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when blood pumps too forcefully against your artery walls. The heavy pressure develops gradually and can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or other health problems if not managed.
How do I know if I have hypertension?
The condition doesn’t cause outward symptoms, which is why it’s known as a silent killer.
Your blood pressure is checked during your appointment at Premier Primary Care. If your readings are consistently higher than 120/80 mm Hg, you’re at a greater risk for developing full-blown hypertension.
Hypertension is diagnosed if your blood pressure reads 130/80 mm Hg at three consecutive visits.
Am I at risk of developing hypertension?
Certain factors raise your risk of developing hypertension. Some of these factors are controllable, while others are not.
Risk factors include:
- Family history
- Middle or older age
- Excessive stress
- Overweight or obese
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Too much sodium and too little potassium in your diet
You are also at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure if you have diabetes. If you have any of these risk factors, it’s important to get evaluated at Premier Primary Care regularly to ensure it doesn’t worsen.
What if I don’t get my hypertension managed?
When uncontrolled through lifestyle and medications, hypertension can have a devastating effect on your health. If you don’t manage your hypertension, you’re at a greater risk of:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Kidney problems
- Metabolic syndrome
- Heart failure
The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes without management, the more damage it can do to your organs and overall health.
How is hypertension treated?
The team at Premier Primary Care helps you control your blood pressure numbers. They’ll suggest lifestyle adjustments like a heart-healthy diet with less sodium and regular physical activity as ways to improve hypertension.
If you’re overweight, they may recommend that you lose weight and can help you take the necessary steps to do so.
Certain prescription medications can help lower your blood pressure numbers. The type you’re prescribed depends on the severity of your hypertension and your overall health. Remember that medication is a complement to lifestyle changes, not a substitute for them.
For a thorough review of your blood pressure and help managing hypertension, contact Premier Primary Care. Call or request an appointment online today.