Recognize The Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure

Recognize The Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure. That’s 75 million people, and only half of them have their blood pressure under control.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, puts extra stress on the walls of your arteries and blood vessels. Over time, your arteries can narrow, and your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout your body. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause:

Tasha Boone, MD, and her team at The Medical Place Family Practice are experts in diagnosing and treating high blood pressure, along with other chronic conditions. We can help you understand your risk factors and learn to recognize any warning signs, so you get a diagnosis as soon as possible and find a high blood pressure management plan that fits your lifestyle.

High blood pressure often has no early symptoms

An estimated one-third of people with high blood pressure don’t know they have it, because the condition often has no obvious signs early on. Some people don’t realize they have high blood pressure until it leads to a stroke or heart attack.

Recognizing what symptoms might emerge and understanding your risk for high blood pressure can help you uncover the condition before you suffer a serious complication.

In some cases, people with high blood pressure may experience:

The best way to find out whether you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. If you have high blood pressure, controlling it is a matter of a regular care plan.

Your risk factors for developing high blood pressure

Because high blood pressure can be dangerously silent, it’s important to know your risk factors as well as getting your blood pressure checked regularly. Hypertension often develops slowly over many years.

Some factors put you at increased risk for developing high blood pressure, including:

Age

As you get older, your risk for developing high blood pressure increases.

Race

Family history and race play a role, as African Americans are at higher risk for high blood pressure than other races.

Weight

Obesity is also a risk factor for high blood pressure. Eating a heart-healthy diet that’s low in salt and following a regular exercise plan can help you manage your weight and keep your blood pressure in check.

Lifestyle

Living a sedentary lifestyle adds to your risk of developing high blood pressure, as does using tobacco products and drinking too much alcohol. Stress temporarily elevates blood pressure, and if you attempt to manage stress by smoking or drinking, high blood pressure can become even more of a health concern for you.

Other chronic conditions

High blood pressure can also come along with other chronic health conditions. Diabetes, kidney disease, and sleep apnea can put you at increased risk for developing high blood pressure. Managing other chronic conditions can help you manage your high blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke or heart attack.

In addition to diet and exercise, medication can help lower your blood pressure.

If you think you might have high blood pressure, it’s important to get on a care plan to manage your condition. Call our office or schedule your first appointment online to get started.

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