High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a silent condition that often goes unnoticed until it causes significant damage. At Carecore Health Center in Troy, Michigan, board-certified family medicine specialist Gheith Yousif, MD, and the team use the latest techniques to help prevent and treat hypertension. To learn more about hypertension, call Carecore Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of your blood pumps against your blood vessel walls too forcefully. Over time, high blood pressure starts to damage the blood vessel walls, leading to health complications, including stroke, heart attack, and kidney damage.
Hypertension is difficult to treat because it rarely causes noticeable symptoms. In severe cases of hypertension, symptoms can develop. Some of the most common signs of high blood pressure include:
Dizziness, nervousness, and sweating can also be signs that you have high blood pressure.
There are two types of hypertension:
Primary hypertension tends to affect men more often than women and commonly runs in families, so experts believe it has a genetic link.
Secondary hypertension is the result of an underlying condition, such as kidney disease or adrenal gland abnormalities. Hormonal birth control pills can also increase your risk of developing secondary hypertension.
While hypertension has no single cause, some of the most common risk factors for high blood pressure include:
Having a family history of high blood pressure may also increase your risk of developing hypertension.
Managing hypertension is essential to prevent stroke, heart attack, or an aneurysm. In most cases, lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure to a healthy level. The team considers 120/80 mm Hg or less to be within the normal range for blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is too high, the Carecore Health Center team may recommend a combination of lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and medication. Common treatments for hypertension include:
To learn more about hypertension, call Carecore Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.