High Blood Pressure
Half of all adults have high blood pressure; 1 in 3 of them don’t know they have the problem, yet it’s silently and progressively damaging their arteries. The experienced physicians at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care provide comprehensive care for high blood pressure. They offer regular screenings and customized treatments ranging from dietary changes and stress management to medication. To learn about your risk for high blood pressure or to get exceptional medical care, call the office in White Plains, New York, or request an appointment online today. Telemedicine visits are available.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against your artery walls. This pressure needs to stay within a specific range. If it rises above the normal range, you have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure most often develops over years of unhealthy habits that affect your heart and blood vessels. The top causes include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Not getting regular exercise
- Consuming excess salt
- Living with daily stress
- Smoking cigarettes
- Drinking too much alcohol
You can also develop high blood pressure from underlying health conditions such as sleep apnea, kidney disease, and thyroid disease.
The excessive pressure damages your artery walls, creating rough areas that make it easy for cholesterol to stick to the wall. The fatty plaque (atherosclerosis) slowly enlarges and blocks blood flow through the artery, causing:
- Coronary artery disease
- Peripheral artery disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Chronic kidney disease
High blood pressure also makes your heart work harder, gradually leading to heart failure.
High blood pressure alone rarely causes symptoms. You won’t feel sick or have any signs of the disease, but it’s still there, causing damage and stress to your cardiovascular system.
Symptoms begin when arterial, heart, or kidney disease reaches an advanced stage. Depending on the location of the atherosclerosis, you may experience:
- Leg pain when walking
- Chest pain
- Leg weakness
- Shiny skin on your leg
- Non-healing sores on your leg
- Dry, itchy skin
Unfortunately, the first sign of high blood pressure often comes in the form of a heart attack or stroke.
Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care has a cardiologist on staff to manage your high blood pressure and treat any associated cardiovascular conditions. Your care plan may include:
Treatment for underlying conditions
Diagnosing and treating the underlying condition often restores normal blood pressure.
Your provider creates a plan that tackles any unhealthy lifestyle habits. Changing your diet, getting regular exercise, stopping smoking, stress management, or losing weight may be all you need to get your blood pressure back to normal.
When the first two approaches don’t work, or you already have severely high blood pressure, your provider prescribes medications that restore healthy blood pressure.
You can prevent high blood pressure, or catch it at an early stage when it’s easier to treat, by scheduling yearly physical exams.
Don’t wait to schedule a blood pressure screening. Call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or request an appointment online.