Hypertension statistics are alarming. An estimated 75 million Americans — that’s one-third of all adults — have hypertension, and one-third more have prehypertension, when blood pressure is higher than it should be but not hypertensive. At Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, physician Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team carefully monitor and treat patients with hypertension using a combination of wellness practices and conventional medicine. If you’re concerned about your health, use the online booking tool or call the office to schedule a consultation.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, develops when blood circulates through your body with greater force than necessary, creating abnormally high pressure against the walls of your blood vessels. If the condition persists for long periods of time, it can damage these blood vessel walls. Pressure that is too strong can also damage organs like the heart and kidneys, and can increase your risk for serious events like stroke or heart attack.
Hypertension has a well-earned nickname of the silent killer. Nosebleeds, headaches, and dizziness can be indicators for some people in the later stages of the disease, but in the majority of cases, early symptoms are so mild, if they’re present at all, that few people worry about them.
The best way to detect hypertension is through regular blood pressure readings. Most people only find out about their high blood pressure when they go to the doctor for a check-up or to be seen for something else.
Patients who have high blood pressure have a higher risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.
There isn’t any one defined cause of hypertension. Medical professionals have explored several factors they believe contribute to blood pressure levels, including:
Hypertension can also be a symptom of other diseases, including diabetes, chronic kidney disease, adrenal and thyroid disorders, pregnancy, and obesity.
The providers at Ormond Internal Medicine help identify the probable causes of your hypertension and offer treatment plans and advice on how to lower blood pressure.
Regular screenings starting at the age of 18 are essential for the effective treatment of hypertension. Treatment is easier and more effective when it begins during the early stages of the disease.
Unfortunately, In most cases, the blood pressure is so high when it’s finally diagnosed that the only way to effectively treat it is through blood pressure medications. Once it’s under control, other treatment options may become available.
Because of the risk of heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure must be controlled as soon as possible. Positive lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, and avoiding tobacco products, can help to lower high blood pressure and keep it under control.
Ormond Internal Medicine has a team of providers trained in managing hypertension. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.