Any condition without symptoms is especially concerning because you don’t realize you need treatment, and you can go for years without knowing you have hypertension. At Advanced Heart Care Associates, which has two locations in Las Vegas, and Henderson, Nevada, a board-certified cardiologist can evaluate you for hypertension and help you lower your blood pressure with individualized care. To schedule an appointment, call either office or book online today.
Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is a condition that is highly prevalent among adults in the United States. Some have hypertension because of a specific underlying condition — that is called secondary hypertension. Secondary hypertension can come from diabetes, chronic kidney disease, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, hormone imbalance, or certain medications.
Primary hypertension is high blood pressure without a specific condition or medication causing it. It develops due to a combination of lifestyle factors and genetics, and there are a few steps you can take to lower your risk. You’re at a higher risk for primary hypertension if you smoke, drink a lot of alcohol, or have excessive salt in your diet.
Treating hypertension helps prevent numerous possible complications from the condition, including heart disease, stroke, aneurysm, and heart failure.
Hypertension rarely causes symptoms, so it’s common to have the condition for a long time before you get a diagnosis. Your primary care physician takes a blood pressure reading whenever you go in for an annual exam; many other medical visits involve a blood pressure reading too.
When you get a blood pressure reading, your provider goes over the numbers and what they mean. If your blood pressure is higher than average, whether it’s by a little or a lot, your provider tells you what you need to do next and if there are any other tests you need.
Advanced Heart Care Associates provides individualized care plans for hypertension that can safely lower your blood pressure. You can treat secondary hypertension by managing the underlying condition causing it or stopping the use of a medication that’s raising your blood pressure.
For primary or secondary hypertension, a combination of lifestyle factors and medications can help. Your care plan might consist of:
If you have hypertension or are at risk of developing it, your provider may suggest monitoring your blood pressure with regular readings. Advanced Heart Care Associates can teach you how to interpret the numbers of a blood pressure reading.
Schedule your next appointment over the phone or online at Advanced Heart Care Associates for expert hypertension management today.