To reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, board-certified internal medicine physician, Manish Shah, MD, provides routine screenings to identify high blood pressure in the earliest stage. At Wesley Chapel Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Shah also customizes treatment plans to help you manage elevated blood pressure and maximize your overall health. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, schedule a routine blood pressure screening by calling the office in Wesley Chapel, Florida, or booking online today.
High blood pressure (hypertension) describes a condition where the force of blood against your blood vessels is consistently high.
There are two types of high blood pressure, including:
In primary hypertension, you develop elevated blood pressure levels for no identifiable reason. This type of high blood pressure tends to develop gradually over several years.
In secondary hypertension, you may have elevated blood pressure levels due to underlying medical conditions, such as:
Secondary hypertension can also result if you smoke or use certain medications, like birth control or over-the-counter cold medicines. High blood pressure risks also increase as you age.
Without treatment, uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause long-term health complications, including heart disease, heart failure, and stroke.
Unfortunately, high blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer because the condition doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms until it’s in the advanced stages.
To reduce your risk for high blood pressure complications, Dr. Shah recommends you have a routine physical during which he measures your blood pressure levels during a simple, noninvasive test.
If you have risk factors for high blood pressure, you may also need to regularly monitor your blood pressure levels at home.
Initially, Dr. Shah may work with you on lifestyle changes and a healthy diet to lower your blood pressure naturally. He can also recommend resources for stress reduction, as high stress levels can contribute to elevated blood pressure.
You should also get daily exercises to keep your body at a healthy weight, reduce stress, and improve your overall vascular health. Dr. Shah also provides medically supervised weight loss programs to help you lose weight safely.
If conservative treatments aren’t enough to control high blood pressure, Dr. Shah may prescribe medications that relax your blood vessels and improve circulation.
When you have secondary hypertension due to an existing illness, such as a thyroid disorder, Dr. Shah designs a treatment plan to address the underlying condition and ensure it’s well managed.
To schedule a routine blood pressure screening, call Wesley Chapel Internal Medicine and Pediatrics today or request an appointment online now.