What Is Hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a very common issue that affects 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. High blood pressure is the result of blood pushing against the artery walls with too much force, which can put stress on the arteries and the heart. Since high blood pressure does not usually produce any noticeable symptoms, it's possible to have the condition without knowing it. With proper diagnosis and treatment by a trained specialist, it's possible to keep your blood pressure under control and reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack. The experienced family physicians at Lawrence Family Practice Center treat hypertension in patients of all ages in Lawrence, KS. Reach out to our friendly team to set up an appointment.
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Hypertension Causes and Treatments
Hypertension usually develops over time and can be caused by many factors, including genetics, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. During an exam at Lawrence Family Practice Center, an inflatable cuff will be placed around your arm in order to provide an accurate blood pressure reading. If hypertension (a reading of 140/90 or higher) is detected, your doctor will work with you to provide a customized treatment plan for blood pressure management. We often advise lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, decreasing stress, and cutting back on sodium and alcohol. In more severe hypertension cases, blood pressure medication, such as beta-blockers or diuretics, may be prescribed.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure numbers are an important indicator of your overall health. If you think you might have high blood pressure or if you have hypertension that has gone untreated, it's a good idea to seek medical treatment. The caring team at Lawrence Family Practice Center provides effective solutions for high blood pressure in Lawrence, KS. Schedule your visit today.