Hypertension is a common health condition that develops without showing apparent signs or symptoms. When left untreated, hypertension damages blood vessels and organs and increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, is a full-service primary care practice that provides outstanding care for chronic health conditions like hypertension. For patient-centered management of your hypertension, call one of the offices in Bossier City or Stonewall, Louisiana, or book an appointment online today.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, means the force of blood against your blood vessel walls is higher than normal. Over time, the excessive force causes the blood vessels to stiffen or weaken, increasing your risk of developing other health problems such as a stroke or heart attack.
Hypertension is common and develops slowly over many years from unknown causes. You may be at greater risk of developing hypertension if it runs in your family, you’re overweight or obese, or you smoke cigarettes.
You may also develop hypertension from an underlying health condition such as kidney disease or thyroid problems. High blood pressure may also occur as a side effect of certain medications.
Most people with hypertension have no physical symptoms, and the only way to know if you have the common condition is through regular blood pressure checks.
When you visit Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, for your annual physical exam or an urgent care appointment, your provider always checks your blood pressure. They diagnose hypertension when you have three or more higher than normal blood pressure readings on three separate occasions.
It’s not uncommon for people to have a higher than normal blood pressure reading when visiting the doctor. To rule out “white coat syndrome” — an increase in blood pressure because of nervousness related to the visit with your provider ― as the cause of your high blood pressure, your provider may have you monitor your blood pressure at home.
The primary care experts at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, customize treatment for hypertension based on the severity of your blood pressure numbers and your overall health.
Initially, your provider may recommend lifestyle changes to help improve your blood pressure readings. The team may recommend diet modification, regular exercise, and smoking cessation.
If you’re overweight or obese, your provider may refer you to their weight-loss program to help you get to a healthier weight. Dropping a few pounds may significantly improve your blood pressure.
If lifestyle changes fail to improve your blood pressure, or your readings are high, the family medicine experts may prescribe blood pressure medication.
Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, specializes in chronic disease management and schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your blood pressure and adjust your hypertension treatment plan as needed.
For comprehensive hypertension care, call Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, or book an appointment online today.