Over 100 million Americans have hypertension and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Select Family Practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, diagnoses hypertension and provides customized hypertension management plans to protect your health. If you’re due for a blood pressure screening or are concerned about your health, call Select Family Practice or schedule a consultation online today.
Hypertension is the clinical term for high blood pressure, a symptomless and potentially dangerous health problem. Blood pressure is the force your blood exerts on the inside walls of your blood vessels.
Your blood pressure is measured with two numbers — your systolic (active) and diastolic (resting) pressure. Any blood pressure reading greater than 120/80 mm Hg is elevated, and when your blood pressure is 130/80-89 mm Hg, you have hypertension.
Hypertension management is medical monitoring and treatment designed to lower and regulate your blood pressure to protect your overall health and reduce your risk of heart disease. At Select Family Practice, the team provides customized hypertension management programs based on the severity of your condition and your specific needs.
If you have mild to moderate hypertension, the team might be able to lower your blood pressure with lifestyle modifications. For example, the team at Select Family Practice can help you give up smoking and other tobacco products, which can lead to a significant reduction in your blood pressure.
Additionally, adjusting your diet to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, while reducing salt, fat, and alcohol, can help lower your cholesterol level and your blood pressure.
The team at Select Family Practice might also encourage you to add regular physical activity to your day. They can help you exercise safely to prevent injury while keeping you motivated.
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure, the team at Select Family Practice can prescribe medication to manage your hypertension. Some of the standard medications for hypertension include diuretics, beta and alpha blockers, ACE inhibitors, and vasodilators.
Hypertension doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms until you have a heart attack or stroke. You should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year at your annual wellness exam.
You should talk to your doctor about managing your hypertension as soon as you have consistently elevated measurements. When you start hypertension management early, you might be able to lower your blood pressure naturally, avoiding a lifetime of prescription medication while also reducing your risk of a life-changing cardiac event.
Call Select Family Practice or make an appointment online for personalized hypertension management services today.