Around a third of American adults have hypertension, a condition that increases your risk of heart disease. Fortunately, when diagnosed early, hypertension is manageable. Gus Armenakis, MD, a board-certified primary care physician, provides customized treatments to manage high blood pressure at his practice in Tamarac, Florida. If you’re concerned about hypertension, call Dr. Armenakis or schedule a consultation online today.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a health condition that develops when the force exerted by your blood against the insides of your blood vessels is consistently too high.
Healthy blood pressure should be 120/80 mm Hg or lower. The two numbers represent your systolic pressure, which is when your heart beats, and your diastolic pressure, which is when your heart rests between beats. While your blood pressure can spike when you’re stressed or from other external factors, if your blood pressure is consistently higher than 120/80 mm Hg, then it’s time to take action. The higher your numbers, the greater your risk of health complications.
The tricky part is that hypertension doesn’t typically cause any symptoms until you have a heart attack. The best way to keep an eye on your blood pressure is to have it checked at your annual exam. Dr. Armenakis keeps meticulous records of your vitals and health information and can easily see if your blood pressure increases.
A variety of factors contribute to high blood pressure. If you’re overweight or lead a sedentary lifestyle, your chances of developing hypertension are higher. Additionally, your risk increases with age, if you smoke, or live with high stress levels. Also, if you have a diet with too much salt and fat or consume too much alcohol, you have an elevated risk of high blood pressure.
A variety of other health problems also cause hypertension. For example, diabetes increases your blood pressure, as does kidney disease, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. You may also develop high blood pressure if you take certain medications like birth control pills or cold remedies.
Dr. Armenakis begins treatment with a thorough diagnosis. If you have an elevated blood pressure reading, he orders additional tests to measure your blood pressure at different times of day to make sure your blood pressure is consistently high.
Then, he works with you to implement a treatment plan to lower and stabilize your blood pressure. Depending on your needs, he may recommend adding physical activity to your daily routine, cutting back on salt, fat, and sugar, and giving up tobacco products.
If lifestyle modifications don’t lower your blood pressure, he can also prescribe medication such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers.
If you’re concerned about hypertension or haven’t had a screening for a while, call Dr. Armenakis or make an appointment online today.