Nearly half of all Americans live with high blood pressure, a dangerous condition that oftentimes has fatal complications. Because the symptoms of high blood pressure frequently go unnoticed and can be so severe, it’s important to have it regularly monitored by an experienced physician, like Dr. Foye Ikyaator of Foyé MD and Spa Primary Care in Houston, TX. Call or book an appointment online today, and make sure that your body isn’t be ravaged by the effects of 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.
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:
Most people with high blood pressure don’t experience any symptoms, however, even as blood pressure rises to a life-threatening level.
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:
Secondary hypertension is typically managed by treating the underlying condition. If this doesn’t lower the blood pressure, Dr. Foye Ikyaator can explore treatments specifically for 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:
Because high blood pressure is a silent condition, it can do damage to your body for years before you’re even aware of it.
There are a number of medications that Dr. Foye Ikyaator can prescribe for your high blood pressure, and certain lifestyle choices that she can teach you about. By visiting Dr. Foye Ikyaator regularly and ensuring 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.