Hypertension Specialist

Family First Wellness

Samantha Lindsay, MD

Family Medicine & Medical Spa located in Lutz, FL

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects one in three adults in the United States, putting them at risk for potentially life-threatening medical issues, such as heart attack and stroke. At Family First Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, makes it a priority to help her patients in Lutz, Florida, protect their heart health by lowering their blood pressure numbers, effectively eliminating the threat that hypertension poses. To learn more, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is the pressure your blood places on the walls of your arteries over time, which can weaken your blood vessels, leaving you more prone to serious cardiovascular issues.

To determine your blood pressure, Dr. Lindsay performs a simple and painless check using a special cuff that measures two things:

  • Your systolic pressure —  the pressure against your arterial walls during a heartbeat
  • Your diastolic pressure — the pressure of your blood in between heartbeats

The resulting reading is two numbers — your systolic pressure over your diastolic pressure — and here’s how the numbers break out:

  • Less than 120 over less than 80: Normal
  • 120-129 over less than 80: Elevated
  • 130-139 over 80-89: High blood pressure
  • 140 or higher over 90 or higher: Stage 2 high blood pressure

The problem with hypertension is that there are often no warning signs of the condition until a complication arises, which is why frequent blood pressure checks at Family First Wellness are important.

What causes hypertension?

HIgh blood pressure is sometimes caused by certain medical conditions, such as:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Kidney issues
  • Certain medications

More often, however, hypertension develops over time, largely due to certain factors that place you more at risk, including:

  • A diet high in sodium (salt)
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Race (African Americans are more susceptible)
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Stress

As you can see by this list, there are some risk factors that are beyond your control, but there are also plenty that you can mitigate, especially with the team at Family First Wellness in your corner.

How is hypertension treated?

Dr. Lindsay takes a proactive approach to hypertension with the goal of reducing your blood pressure through healthier habits. While prescription medications play a role and Dr. Lindsay ensures that you have what you need to lower your blood pressure numbers, certain lifestyle changes can also greatly improve the condition.

For example, Dr. Lindsay works with you to tweak your diet so that you’re reducing your sodium intake and increasing your potassium. 

Exercise can also be extremely beneficial as it helps move the blood in your body more easily.

For a tailored approach to your hypertension, call Family First Wellness or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.