Hypertension affects one out of every three American adults. Many more have prehypertension and are at an elevated risk of developing the condition. It also leaves them at risk for numerous health problems. David Ezeanolue, M.D., C.I.M.E., Alafuro T. Oruene, M.D., and Blanche Y. Bonnick, M.D. at Apex Medical Center believe treating hypertension is among the most impactful medical services they can provide. Many people from in and around Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, turn to the team for effective and lasting relief from hypertension.
Simply put, hypertension is a condition that occurs when your blood pressure is elevated. As your blood moves through your heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries, it places pressure on the walls of those vessels.
That pressure increases and decreases throughout a typical day as your level of exertion rises and falls. If your blood pressure surpasses a certain threshold, undue pressure can damage the walls of your blood vessels. That can result in serious health issues, including an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.
Numerous factors can cause hypertension, some that are in your control and some that aren’t. The most common causes of high blood pressure include:
People who have several risk factors for hypertension should take a proactive approach to protecting their health.
There are several treatment options available for people with hypertension or prehypertension. Treatment depends on the factors causing high blood pressure.
If you have a medical condition that’s impacting your blood pressure, the first step in treating the condition is to evaluate how you’re managing your condition. If your current medications are known to worsen hypertension, then you can explore alternative treatment options.
Certain medications can help reduce blood pressure, especially when used in conjunction with lifestyle modification. It’s important to bring a list of all medications to share with your doctor, as some drugs don’t interact well with others.
Lifestyle modification is one of the most effective ways to manage hypertension. Restricting sodium intake, increasing exercise, moderating alcohol consumption, and reducing stress are all excellent ways to fight high blood pressure.
Having your blood pressure taken is part of virtually every encounter with a doctor, whether it’s for a basic physical exam or a visit to the emergency room.
If your blood pressure is high, it’s critical to work with your doctor to improve those readings. At Apex Medical Center, you have access to the treatment and support needed to fight hypertension.