Uncontrolled high blood pressure can evolve into chronic hypertension without treatment. At Tru-Health Urgent Care in Glenn Dale, Maryland, Nelley Acheampong-Buadu, NP, Melissa Ramsey, FNP, and the team provide comprehensive care that strives to lower your blood pressure and prevent complications from hypertension. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online for patient-centric care from an experienced provider.
Blood pressure refers to the strength of blood pushing against your blood vessel walls. If your blood pressure is too high, the force can damage your blood vessel walls and block healthy circulation. High blood pressure can affect your arteries, which transport blood from your heart to the rest of your body, or the veins that supply the heart with oxygen-rich blood.
Also called hypertension, high blood pressure can raise your risk of severe health complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, and vision issues.
While high blood pressure rarely causes symptoms, it can once the condition progresses. Signs of high blood pressure may include:
Some individuals also experience a buzzing sound in their ears from consistently high blood pressure.
The cause of high blood pressure depends on the type you have. There are two types of hypertension:
Primary hypertension, the most common type, has no known cause. Many factors can increase your risk of this condition, including poor diet, inactivity, and smoking cigarettes.
Secondary hypertension results from an underlying condition, such as kidney disease, pregnancy, or endocrine system disorders.
Diagnosing high blood pressure involves a comprehensive medical history review and physical exam. The team at Tru-Health Urgent Care uses blood pressure testing to diagnose the disorder. Your provider may issue a hypertension diagnosis if your blood pressure is consistently higher than 120/80 mmHg.
High blood pressure usually requires healthy lifestyle changes to manage symptoms and reduce complications. The goal is to restore your blood pressure to a healthy rate and prevent stroke, vision impairment, and other potentially severe complications.
To treat high blood pressure, the team at Tru-Health Urgent Care may recommend:
Call Tru-Health Urgent Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about high blood pressure.