Foye MD and Spa
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High Blood Pressure
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition wherein the force that your blood exerts against the walls of your arteries is high enough to cause health problems.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure develops over many years, and is considered a “silent killer” because it doesn’t necessarily present noticeable symptoms for some time, up to years or decades. Some symptoms include:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
Most people with high blood pressure don’t experience any symptoms, however, even as blood pressure rises to a life-threatening level.
What causes high blood pressure?
There are two types of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
Primary hypertension is the most common type. It develops slowly and has no identifiable cause. Research suggests that it’s the result of a combination of factors, including genetics, physical changes in related areas of the body, and environmental factors like diet and exercise.
Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying condition. Secondary hypertension develops quickly and tends to be more severe than primary hypertension. Some potential causes of secondary hypertension include:
- obstructive sleep apnea
- congenital heart defects
- kidney disease
- thyroid problems
- adrenal gland tumors
- medications, such as cold remedies, birth control pills, over-the-counter pain relievers, and decongestants
- illegal drugs use, like cocaine or amphetamines
Secondary hypertension is typically managed by treating the underlying condition. If this doesn’t lower the blood pressure, Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals can explore treatments specifically for blood pressure.
What are the dangers of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure can inflict serious damage on your blood vessels and organs, particularly your heart and brain. If left untreated, hypertension can lead to a number of serious and even fatal complications, such as:
- heart failure
- heart attack
- sudden cardiac death
- memory loss
- learning impairment
- the ability to recall, reason, and speak
Because high blood pressure is a silent condition, it can do damage to your body for years before you’re even aware of it.
What is the treatment for high blood pressure?
There are a number of medications that Foye MD and Spa medical professionals can prescribe for your high blood pressure, and certain lifestyle choices that she can teach you about. By visiting Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals regularly, you can ensure that your blood pressure is in a normal range, you can avoid immeasurable potential damage. Call or book an appointment online today to begin your journey towards healthy blood flow.