One out of five Americans remains unaware they have hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The caring and compassionate medical team of providers at CareMD offers an array of effective screenings, tests, and treatments for high blood pressure. We work with you to regulate your blood pressure and improve your heart health with innovative treatments and quality, personalized care.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a medical condition where the force of your blood is frequently too high against the walls of your arteries. If you continue to have high blood pressure, it could lead to various complications over time, such as heart disease.

Our providers can assess your blood pressure by measuring the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to the blood flow there is in your arteries. If you have high blood pressure, this usually means your arteries have narrowed, and your heart is pumping excess blood.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

The symptoms of high blood pressure include:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

Many people are unaware they have high blood pressure, so it’s important to stay on top of your health with regular annual exams.

What causes high blood pressure?

There are different causes and types of high blood pressure.

Primary hypertension

Primary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure that occurs gradually over many years and doesn’t have a clear cause.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure that can happen instantly, often due to an underlying condition.

Certain factors can heighten your risk of developing high blood pressure, such as:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Kidney complications
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Illegal drugs, such as amphetamines

Certain medications, such as prescription drugs, cold remedies, and birth control pills, can also heighten your risk for hypertension.

When high blood pressure isn’t properly controlled, it can lead to complications, such as heart failure, memory loss, and metabolic syndrome.

What are the treatments for high blood pressure?

At your visit, your provider checks your blood pressure, assesses your medical history, performs a physical exam, and recommends any additional testing when necessary. Your provider might discuss healthy lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet and frequent exercise.

To help lower your blood pressure, they might recommend quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight.

CareMD offers a number of effective medications to assist you in regulating your blood pressure. The caring staff provides you with valuable information on how to keep your heart as safe as possible and can help you manage your high blood pressure as you age.

If you’re concerned about your heart health and dealing with high blood pressure, call CareMD or click to book online.