For too many people, the first sign of high blood pressure (hypertension) is a heart attack because the disease often doesn’t cause any symptoms. Skilled internist and direct primary care provider Erik Contreras, MD, at High Mark Internal Medicine, offers routine high blood pressure screenings and personalized treatment plans that lower the risk for disease and help to keep blood pressure in a healthy range for the long run. Call the Prescott, Arizona, office if you need a blood pressure check or ongoing management for high blood pressure. You can also request an appointment online, which is fast and convenient.
The body continuously regulates blood pressure, keeping it in a range that’s high enough to push blood through your arteries but not so high that it causes damage.
A person has high blood pressure (hypertension) when pressure rises above the healthy range. High blood pressure may occur for several reasons, depending on whether it’s primary or secondary hypertension.
Primary hypertension is the most common type by far. It can develop slowly over the years and is often the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Potential causes include diet (such as consuming too little potassium and/or too much salt), not exercising, smoking, and carrying excess weight.
Secondary hypertension can develop when a person has a health condition that raises blood pressure. Some examples of these conditions include diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, sleep apnea, and obesity.
The only way to know you have high blood pressure is to check it regularly. Often, people don’t have symptoms unless they have a rare hypertensive crisis, stroke, or heart attack.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, damages the artery walls, resulting in rough areas where cholesterol can accumulate. As fatty plaque gets larger, the artery narrows. When blood flow is substantially blocked, people are at high risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Narrowed arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis, can develop anywhere in the body. However, the condition typically occurs in the brain, heart, kidneys, and lower legs.
At High Mark Internal Medicine, Dr. Contreras offers patient-centered, comprehensive, and preventive care that helps to restore normal blood pressure and prevent serious complications.
Your personalized treatment plan may include:
Medication might be necessary if your blood pressure has reached an advanced stage at the time it’s diagnosed or if lifestyle modifications don’t reduce it enough.
If you haven’t had a routine physical or annual exam, it is an excellent time to check your blood pressure. Call High Mark Internal Medicine to schedule an appointment. Or request one online today.