Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that occurs when the force of the blood pumping against the walls of your arteries is consistently too high. Doctors refer to hypertension as the “silent killer” because it usually doesn’t present any symptoms. As a result, millions of Americans are living with hypertension and don’t even realize it.
Hypertension usually develops slowly over an extended period of time. In fact, almost everyone eventually develops hypertension. Fortunately, with healthy lifestyle changes and medication, it’s possible to control high blood pressure and to live a healthy, happy life.
High blood pressure typically doesn’t present any obvious symptoms. Some people with critically high blood pressure experience nosebleeds, headaches, and shortness of breath, but these symptoms usually don’t occur until the condition is severe or life-threatening.
Because high blood pressure doesn’t present symptoms, it’s important to check your numbers at least every two years. Dr. Ramos and his team always check blood pressure during wellness exams and can alert you to a potential problem early on.
Hypertension affects people of all ages and genders, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop hypertension if you live a sedentary lifestyle and fail to exercise on a regular basis.
You can play a role in treating your hypertension by changing some of your lifestyle habits that might include:
If you continue to have high blood pressure, Dr. Ramos may prescribe medications like diuretics and beta-blockers. In some cases, you might need to take a combination of medications to get your levels within a healthy range.
Hypertension is a serious health problem. If you’re concerned about your risk, make an appointment at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, by calling the office nearest you or requesting one online today.