Hypertension is often referred to as the silent killer because it doesn’t cause symptoms, and it increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Currently, almost half of the adult population in the United States has hypertension. At The Practice of Health and Wellness in Thomaston, Connecticut, Dr. Cipriano, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and management of hypertension and can devise a plan to improve your numbers. For an appointment, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when the pressure of blood against your blood vessel walls is greater than normal. Over time, this excess pressure damages both your blood vessels and organs and increases your risk of more serious health issues, including heart and kidney disease. Hypertension also increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Unlike other types of chronic diseases, hypertension develops without causing symptoms. The only way to know if your blood pressure is higher than normal is with regular blood pressure screenings offered by the team at The Practice of Health and Wellness.
In most cases, there’s no known underlying cause of hypertension. You may be at greater risk of developing hypertension if you’re overweight or obese, don’t get enough physical activity, or if it runs in your family.
However, certain medical conditions may cause you to develop hypertension, such as sleep apnea, kidney or thyroid problems, or a congenital condition that affects your blood vessels.
Your provider at The Practice of Health and Wellness may diagnose hypertension if you’ve had elevated blood pressure readings at three separate office visits. However, the team understands that many people feel anxious when they come to the office, and blood pressure numbers may be falsely elevated.
To get a better view of your blood pressure, your provider may suggest you use a home blood pressure monitoring machine to check your numbers under more normal conditions.
The team at The Practice of Health and Wellness takes a preventive approach to care and may suggest lifestyle modification to help improve your blood pressure. Your treatment plan may include:
If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can have a dramatic effect on your blood pressure numbers. The team creates a personalized plan that fits your needs and lifestyle to help manage your hypertension. If lifestyle modification doesn’t improve your hypertension, your provider may prescribe medication.
Hypertension is common and can be managed and improved. For comprehensive care to help manage your high blood pressure, call The Practice of Health and Wellness, or request an appointment online.