Nearly half of adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), a condition that significantly increases their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offers patient-centered care that treats all the lifestyle and medical issues that contribute to hypertension. To schedule a blood pressure screening or to get comprehensive treatment for hypertension, call the Downriver area office in Southgate, Michigan, or book an appointment online today.
When your blood pressure, which is the force of blood pushing against your artery walls, goes above the normal range, you have high blood pressure or hypertension.
A family history of hypertension increases your risk of developing the disease, but unhealthy lifestyle factors are the primary causes of high blood pressure. These factors include:
Medical conditions such as sleep apnea, chronic kidney disease, and thyroid disease can also cause high blood pressure.
When you have elevated blood pressure, you’re at risk for several serious health problems. Hypertension contributes to congestive heart failure, kidney disease, diabetes, and endocrine disorders.
High blood pressure is also one of the top risk factors for clogged arteries. Untreated hypertension damages your artery walls, creating areas where cholesterol accumulates and forms plaque.
Fatty plaque can develop in any artery, causing conditions such as coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and carotid artery disease.
Hypertension doesn’t usually cause symptoms. You only become aware of the disease if you have your blood pressure checked or when fatty plaque gets large enough to substantially block blood flow through an artery.
If you have peripheral artery disease, you may start to experience symptoms in your legs, such as pain, swelling, and non-healing ulcers.
If other arteries are blocked, your first sign of hypertension may be a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism.
Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offers comprehensive hypertension care that includes:
Improving your diet, getting more exercise, losing weight, and stopping smoking can all lower your blood pressure. Your provider helps you create a plan to reach your lifestyle goals.
In the early stages of hypertension, lifestyle changes may be all you need to get your blood pressure down to a normal range. If your blood pressure doesn’t improve, your provider prescribes antihypertensive medications.
Your provider at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists also treats the underlying health conditions that contribute to hypertension, such as high cholesterol.
If you’re overdue for a blood pressure screening or you need treatment for hypertension, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.