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Hypertension

High blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is a common condition in the United States. High blood pressure is termed a “silent killer” because there are usually no symptoms, but it can cause significant heart and organ damage.

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it measured with a blood pressure cuff. High blood pressure can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medications. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening medical conditions.

Severe high blood pressure and malignant high blood pressure can cause headaches, vomiting, vision problems, lightheadedness, and nausea. Some people can lower their blood pressure with lifestyle changes including weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise. You should work towards achieving and maintaining your ideal weight. Even a small amount of weight loss is beneficial. Medications to treat high blood pressure may also be used along with lifestyle changes.

Risk factors for high blood pressure include:

  • Men over 35 and post-menopausal women
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of HBP
  • Smoking
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Certain medications

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart attack, peripheral artery disease, aortic aneurysm, and an enlarged heart. High blood pressure combined with high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, or smoking increases the risk for heart attack or stroke even more.

To make an appointment to have your blood pressure checked, please schedule an appointment online or call us at (904) 636-5400.