An estimated one in every three adults in the United States has hypertension – with many not even aware they have the condition. The experienced staff at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment options to help you maintain a healthy blood pressure and prevent additional complications. Learn more about treating or preventing hypertension by scheduling an appointment today using the online booking feature or calling the office directly.
Hypertension is a condition more commonly known as high blood pressure. It results when the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries remains high for an extended period of time. Without proper treatment, this excessive force can result in serious medical complications, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
In primary hypertension, there may not be an identifiable reason for your elevated blood pressure. In secondary hypertension, your elevated pressure is the result of another medical condition, such as sleep apnea or a thyroid disorder.
Unfortunately, hypertension doesn’t cause any symptoms until the condition is serious enough to cause damage. For this reason, hypertension is known as a “silent killer.”
When your blood pressure levels reach dangerously high levels, you may experience symptoms that include:
Untreated hypertension can also result in a fatal stroke or heart attack.
Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic physicians strongly recommend annual wellness checks where they can check your blood pressure levels. This is often the only way your doctor can determine you have high blood pressure.
Testing your blood pressure is quick and painless. The test involves a simple blood pressure cuff the staff places around your arm, which inflates with air to gauge your blood pressure.
You may also need additional testing to determine if your high blood pressure is the result of underlying medical conditions.
Initially, your physician may recommend lifestyle changes that include adopting a healthier diet and getting plenty of daily exercise to keep your blood flowing efficiently. You should also reduce your salt intake and maintain a healthy weight.
If these changes aren’t enough to control your blood pressure, your physician may also prescribe medications to relax your blood vessels and improve your circulation.
To monitor hypertension, you may need to schedule frequent appointments for blood pressure checks or perform regular checks at home. Your physician continues to monitor your condition and the effectiveness of treatment to prevent heart damage and other medical complications.
Learn more about available treatments for hypertension by calling the clinic in New Albany or by using the online booking feature today.