Schneider Medical Group, PA
Internists & Integrative Medicine Doctors located in Raleigh, NC
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common health issue affecting over 85 million people across the country. Untreated, it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and other severe medical conditions. Dr. Inaam Schneider provides comprehensive care, treatment, and support for your high blood pressure issues at her Raleigh, North Carolina, primary care practice. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure or haven’t had it checked in some time, call Schneider Medical Group now to set up an appointment or book one online.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
Schneider Medical Group, PA
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure doesn’t always present symptoms, but in some cases, high blood pressure indicators may include:
Routine blood pressure monitoring by a trained physician is necessary for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. High blood pressure is treatable, and together with Dr. Schneider, you can healthy choices and have access to the best treatment options for reducing blood pressure and living a healthier lifestyle.
Who is at risk for high blood pressure?
A family history of high blood pressure may put you at greater risk for the condition as well. Age is also a factor; as we age, the blood vessels in our bodies deteriorate and lose their elasticity. That can lead to increased blood flow and elevated blood pressure. However, young people, and even children, can develop high blood pressure.
Gender may also play a role. Before the age of 45, high blood pressure is more common in men; after 45, men and women are at equal risk.
African Americans are at the highest risk of developing high blood pressure than any other ethnicity in the United States. High blood pressure also tends to occur at a younger age and be more severe within the African American community.
Several preventable risks may also contribute to high blood pressure. These risks include an unhealthy lifestyle, unbalanced diet, carrying too much weight, and regular alcohol use. Tobacco use and high-stress levels may also contribute to high blood pressure.
What treatments are available for high blood pressure?
Dr. Schneider provides you with a complete health check, including blood pressure diagnostics. If your levels are high, she carefully reviews your family history, current list of medications, and lifestyle choices. Additional follow-up visits are necessary for monitoring your blood pressure going forward.
Treatment for high blood pressure is based on your medical history and the severity of your condition. Medications are available; however, in some cases, lifestyle and dietary changes can relieve your high blood pressure without medication.
Adding exercise, lowering your sodium intake, losing weight, mindfulness, and stress reduction are all ways to reduce your blood pressure.