Blood pressure is the force that the blood exerts on your arteries as the heart pumps blood through your body. The arteries are the ones that carry the pure oxygenated blood from your heart to the rest of your body. High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when your blood exerts a higher than normal pressure on the walls of the arteries. Hypertension can cause several health conditions like stroke, heart attack, and even cardiac arrest.
There are two forms of hypertension. Primary hypertension is the most common type and usually takes a long time to develop. It is mainly caused by a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. In contrast, secondary hypertension is generally a side effect of certain medications or internal health conditions like kidney diseases, sleep apnea, thyroid, etc.
High blood pressure can be diagnosed with the help of the blood pressure reading that is usually taken from the arm with the help of a blood pressure screening machine. Since many people do not show any symptoms of high blood pressure, it is crucial to get an annual health checkup done to detect hypertension.
Typically, blood pressure levels are classified as:
If your blood pressure goes beyond 180/120 mm Hg, you need to speak to a physician.
A truly dangerous fact about hypertension is that it often doesn’t exhibit any major symptoms. About 33% of people with hypertension aren’t aware that they have the disease. The best way to detect is through regular medical checkups. However, some common symptoms for very high blood pressure are as follows:
The treatment options for hypertension may include surgical and non-surgical options, such as:
At MI Express Primary Care, we have the necessary expertise for providing hypertension treatment. Depending on your health condition, we will customize a hypertension treatment plan, and you will be under the supervision of our board-certified physician.
Our healthcare providers are highly experienced in providing hypertension treatment through medication and counseling. In addition, they will also assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for preventing heart diseases. We can also review your hypertension risk regularly and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Are you looking for a hypertension doctor near you? Schedule an appointment with us today! We develop efficient and personalized high blood pressure management plans to ensure your overall wellbeing.
Umayr Azimi MD is an internist with medical expertise in acute care/hospital medicine, urgent care/occupational medicine, ambulatory/primary care medicine, and obesity medicine. He is dual board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Obesity Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.Read More