High Blood Pressure

Primary Care for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common condition that affects the body’s blood vessels. It occurs when the pressure in the blood vessels is consistently too high. Unfortunately, high blood pressure is known as a “Silent Killer” because most of the time there are no obvious symptoms. This is why it is very important to screen your blood pressure routinely.  
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High Blood Pressure is a largely symptomless “silent killer”. The vast majority of time, there are no symptoms to pick up that indicate you have high blood pressure. 

Many people think of common myths such as symptoms like nervousness, headaches, nose bleeds, facial flushing as blood pressure signs. This is not always true. The most accurate way to assess your blood pressure is to take a weekly log when you feel well and have no symptoms. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself. Diagnosis should only be made by a healthcare professional.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

A number of factors and variables can put you at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure. These are broken down into two categories: modifiable and non-modifiable factors. 

Modifiable factors include things that you can change to actively prevent and manage high blood pressure. 

  • Lack of physical activity 
  • Unhealthy diet, especially one high in sodium and fat 
  • Being overweight or obese 
  • Drinking too much alcohol 
  • Sleep apnea 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Diabetes 
  • Smoking and tobacco use 

MedBerry Clinic can help you modify any of the above factors. These are an important part of your healthcare journey and modification can lead to a high quality life. 

Non-Modifiable factors include common hereditary factors and some physical factors that you cannot necessarily change. These include things such as the following: 

  • Family history 
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 

How Do You Treat High Blood Pressure?

Is your blood pressure in a healthy or an unhealthy range? The best way to know is to get your blood pressure checked. 

If you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, you should monitor your blood pressure regularly. Maintaining an awareness of your numbers can alert you to any changes and help you detect patterns. Tracking your results over time will also reveal if the changes you’ve made are working.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet that’s low in salt
  • Enjoy regular physical activity 
  • Manage stress
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol 
  • Take your medications 
  • Work together with your health care professional 

Visit MedBerry Clinic to Treat Your High Blood Pressure

At The MedBerry Clinic, we will provide high quality care and easy access through in person or telehealth visits. Make an appointment today to talk to one of our board certified providers to help monitor and manage your blood pressure!

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