High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Uncontrolled high blood pressure drastically increases your risk of a stroke or heart attack, which is why early detection and treatment is crucial. At Primary Care Health Clinic in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, primary care physician assistant Ndika Fomukong, FNP, PA-C, and his experienced team screen for, diagnose, and treat high blood pressure to lower your risk of complications. Call Primary Care Health Clinic to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the force of blood against your artery walls is higher than it should be. Your heart works harder than it’s supposed to when you have high blood pressure, which is why it’s a leading cause of heart disease.
High blood pressure results from genetics, lifestyle habits, or combinations of the two. Factors that increase your risk of developing high blood pressure include:
Many, but not all, risk factors for high blood pressure are preventable by maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.
You might not experience symptoms if you have high blood pressure, which is why routine blood pressure screening is crucial. If you do have symptoms, such as shortness of breath, headaches, or nosebleeds, your blood pressure may be dangerously high or at a life-threatening stage.
Your personalized blood pressure treatment plan is based on your preference, the severity of your condition, and whether you have additional medical conditions. Common blood pressure treatments include:
Making lifestyle changes may lower your blood pressure without medications. Examples include weight loss, regular exercise, cutting out alcohol and smoking, reducing stress, and eating a nutritious, low-sodium diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Your provider might suggest dietary supplements to help lower blood pressure naturally.
Numerous blood pressure-lowering medications help control hypertension. Ask the Primary Care Health Clinic team which one is right for you.
If you have a complication associated with high blood pressure, such as heart disease, you may require additional treatments or minimally invasive procedures to correct the problem and prevent a heart attack or stroke.
Your provider monitors your blood pressure regularly and changes your course of treatment whenever necessary, as healthy lifestyle changes may reduce or eliminate the need for blood pressure-lowering medications in the future.
To schedule a blood pressure screening, make an appointment with Primary Care Health Clinic by phone or online today.