High blood pressure affects nearly every American, but it causes dangerous cardiovascular diseases when unmonitored. The expert staff at First Choice Medical, led by internal medicine and family medicine expert Dr. Lawrence Goldman, diagnose high blood pressure and provide treatment plans for patients at the practice’s Holbrook, New York, location. Book your appointment online or call today to get started.
High blood pressure, sometimes referred to as hypertension, is a condition where your blood causes long-term damage to your artery walls. Over time, the repeated trauma to your artery walls leads to health complications such as heart disease.
It’s possible to have high blood pressure for years without realizing it. Your blood vessels and arteries can be damaged even when you show no noticeable symptoms. When your blood pressure is uncontrolled, you’re at a higher risk of health problems, such as stroke or heart attack. High blood pressure affects almost everyone eventually, but it takes years to develop.
High blood pressure has two types: primary (essential) hypertension and secondary hypertension. Primary (essential) hypertension develops over time with no identifiable cause. It commonly affects many adults.
Secondary hypertension can spike your blood pressure even higher than primary (essential) hypertension. Hypertension may appear suddenly, but it has several potential causes, such as:
The team at First Choice Medical has the proper tools to check your blood pressure. You don’t have to make special preparations for the checkup.
You may find the process more comfortable if you wear a short-sleeved T-shirt, so the blood pressure cuff fits around your arm easily. It may also be beneficial to avoid caffeinated beverages and foods before the test.
If you take prescription medications, let your First Choice Medical practitioner know. These medications, such as birth control pills or over-the-counter pain medications, may raise your blood pressure. If possible, bring a list of all your medications but don’t stop taking any without their advice.
Eating healthy and exercising regularly can regulate your high blood pressure. Dr. Lawrence Goldman at First Choice Medical may recommend additional medications if necessary.
The medications may help your kidneys regulate sodium and water and reduce your blood volume. Other medications reduce how much your heart pumps to open your blood vessels.
If you have high blood pressure or suspect you do, visit First Choice Medical for a customized health assessment. Book your appointment online or call the practice today to get started.