High Blood Pressure

AMG Medical & Aesthetics

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Tucson, AZ

About 29% of all adults have high blood pressure. But since it doesn’t cause symptoms they don’t know they’re at risk for serious complications such as heart disease and kidney failure. Gerald Morris, MD, MPH, and Amanda Bacchus-Morris, MD, MPH, at AMG Medical & Aesthetics encourage you to get routine blood-pressure screenings and rely on their expertise to effectively treat your high blood pressure. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Tucson, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

How does high blood pressure affect my health?

When blood places too much pressure against blood vessel walls (high blood pressure), the walls are damaged. These damaged areas create rough spots where cholesterol accumulates and forms plaque buildup.

As plaque builds up — a condition called atherosclerosis — it blocks blood flow and increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, also damages blood vessels in your kidneys. As a result, hypertension is the second leading cause of kidney failure.

Hypertension can also lead to aneurysms (bulging in your arteries), damaged blood vessels in your eyes, and memory problems.

What symptoms will I have from high blood pressure?

High blood pressure doesn’t cause symptoms. You can have high blood pressure for years — and all the while it’s damaging your blood vessels — yet you’ll never know it unless you have your blood pressure checked.

Symptoms will eventually develop after restricted blood flow causes chest pain, plaque breaks off and causes a heart attack, or you develop other physical problems.

What causes high blood pressure?

In some cases, an underlying health problem like diabetes, kidney disease, or sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure. However, it most often develops due to:

  • Being overweight
  • Following a sedentary lifestyle
  • Consuming a diet high in salt or low in potassium
  • Experiencing persistent stress
  • Smoking cigarettes

 

You can also inherit a tendency to develop high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Your doctor at AMG Medical performs a thorough examination to determine whether you have any underlying conditions that could contribute to your high blood pressure. When your customized treatment plan is developed, it could contain:

Lifestyle changes

In many cases, lifestyle changes are enough to bring blood pressure down to a healthy range without needing medications.

The team at AMG Medical works closely with you, providing the dietary guidance you need to support changes such as losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and finding a way to exercise.

Medications

When your blood pressure is dangerously high or it doesn’t go down with lifestyle changes, your doctor at AMG Medical can prescribe medications to lower your hypertension. Many medications are available that each work in different ways, so your doctor chooses the one that’s best for you.

If you’re overdue for a blood-pressure screening or you need to manage high blood pressure, call AMG Medical or book an appointment online today.

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