High Blood Pressure Symptoms and Treatment – Nov. 13, 2020

Over 100 million Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. That’s almost half of all adults in our country. If not treated properly, it can be a very dangerous condition. But the good news is, with the right medications and lifestyle changes, high blood pressure can be managed, which lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. At One Community Health in Sacramento, our highly trained doctors specialize in high blood pressure treatment.

Hypertension Symptoms

Generally speaking, hypertension is often a silent condition, meaning that most people don’t experience any symptoms. It can sometimes take years for symptoms to become noticeable and even when symptoms do show up, they are often attributed to other conditions. However, when hypertension becomes severe, symptoms can include:  

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Visual changes
  • Dizziness
  • Blood in the urine
  • Chest pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Flushing

Not everyone with hypertension experiences these symptoms, and you may only experience one or two. But don’t wait for these symptoms to get treatment for your high blood pressure, because they can be fatal. If you are having any of these symptoms seek immediate medical attention. 

High Blood Pressure Treatment

Changing lifestyle risk factors can go a long way in treating your high blood pressure. Here are some of the ways you can manage high blood pressure without medication: 

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get regular exercise 
  4. Eat a healthy, whole foods diet
  5. Reduce sodium intake
  6. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine
  7. Reduce your stress levels 
  8. Monitor your blood pressure at home
  9. See your doctor regularly

We understand that it can be hard to make these changes and we will provide you with the support you need as you incorporate them into your life. 

Medications

If these lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure, our doctors can also prescribe medication. There are different classes of blood pressure medications. The class of medication your doctor prescribes will depend on your blood pressure readings and any other medical problems you have. We will work with you and our team of experienced professionals to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.

Give us a Call 

Of course, your doctor here at One Community Health will be closely monitoring you and medication may be necessary if lifestyle changes alone are not enough to lower your blood pressure. The category of medication your doctor prescribes depends on your blood pressure measurements and your other medical problems. 

Our team of medical professionals are highly experienced in providing treatment for high blood pressure and we will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. We want to help you live a healthy and productive life by focusing on your unique needs, regardless of your ability to pay. We accept walk-ins, or you can make an appointment by calling (916)443-3299.

 

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