Why Does My Hypertension Need Attention?

Approximately 33% of adults — that’s 67 million Americans — struggle with high blood pressure. Of those, only 36 million have their blood pressure under control. That leaves millions of adults in danger of developing serious complications from untreated hypertension.

If you know you have high blood pressure, don’t put off medical care. At First Family Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, can help you manage your hypertension through lifestyle modifications as well as prescription medications. 

In this blog, we explore the reasons your hypertension (and even prehypertension) needs attention.

What’s the problem with hypertension?

Hypertension is often asymptomatic, which means you could have elevated or high blood pressure levels without even realizing it. Because of this, we always take blood pressure readings during annual exams and other appointments. 

Even though you don’t feel different if you have hypertension, there’s still a lot going on under the surface. Hypertension occurs when the force of your blood flowing is too high and puts too much pressure on your blood vessels. 

Over time, the high pressure can damage the tissue of your blood vessels while making your heart work harder (but still less efficiently). 

There’s another reason why it’s important to manage your blood pressure. As high blood pressure damages your blood vessels, small tears can form. Bad cholesterol can lead to plaque formation in those tears, clogging your arteries and making your blood pressure worse. 

It’s a vicious cycle, and you might not even realize it’s happening.

What if hypertension is left untreated?

If you don’t take steps to treat hypertension, high blood pressure continues to damage your blood vessels and contributes to atherosclerosis. All of this can increase your risk of the following conditions:

This is why the American Heart Association dubs high blood pressure the “silent killer.” Nearly 1,000 deaths a day are linked to hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When does your hypertension require medical intervention?

Although it can be overwhelming to read about the effects of unmanaged hypertension, there’s good news. We can easily diagnose hypertension and treat it through a variety of lifestyle changes and, if necessary, medications. 

A normal blood pressure reading is less than 120/80, and a slightly elevated reading is 120-129/80. At the slightly elevated stage, you can take action to prevent hypertension from developing. 

Don’t wait for prehypertension to turn into hypertension before you talk to Dr. Lindsay about it.

If you have stage 1 or stage 2 hypertension, you require medical attention. Depending on your specific health needs, you might be able to manage your levels through dietary changes, increased exercise, stress management, and the cessation of smoking. 

Dr. Lindsay monitors your blood pressure levels, and if needed, she can recommend the appropriate medication to get your levels safely and quickly under control. 

If you have concerns about prehypertension or hypertension, give us a call. You may request an appointment by calling our Lutz, Florida, office or booking online.

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