High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects an estimated 75 million Americans, or about one in three adults. It’s a severe health issue that's far-too-often overlooked. At Family Medicine of Boca Raton, men and women from Boca Raton, Florida, have access to William Mazzei, MD, and Vanessa Martin, ARNP, and their team who can help manage high blood pressure. If you’re ready to begin a path toward a healthier lifestyle and lower blood pressure, call the office or use the fast online scheduling tool.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force that your blood places on the walls of your blood vessels exceeds a certain level on a consistent basis. Blood pressure naturally rises and falls throughout the day, but consistently high readings signify a problem with your vascular system.
When your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries, veins, and capillaries, creating pressure. Systolic pressure occurs when blood leaves your heart and enters your blood vessels. Diastolic pressure occurs in the resting period between heartbeats.
High blood pressure has several causes, many of which also lead to other health problems. Living a sedentary lifestyle and carrying extra weight increases your risk of developing hypertension.
Your dietary and lifestyle choices directly influence your blood pressure. Choosing highly processed food that spikes your sodium intake, which can lead to hypertension. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are also linked to high rates of hypertension.
At Family Medicine of Boca Raton, the skilled physicians use several diagnostic tools to test for high blood pressure including electrocardiogram (EKG) and echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound examination.
Researchers know that high blood pressure can lead to numerous medical conditions, many of which are life-threatening. Your circulatory system is a critical component of overall health and affects virtually every part of your body.
Hypertension places you at an elevated risk of developing the following conditions:
Few things have a more significant positive impact on your health than reducing high blood pressure. Getting those numbers to healthier levels can vastly improve your quality of life, and prevent severe disease.
There are numerous ways to address high blood pressure, and many people respond well to a combination treatment plan. Certain medications can help but come with a risk of side effects.
Lifestyle management also is an effective treatment option and can lead to astounding results. At Family Medicine of Boca Raton, you have access to medically sound dietary and nutrition counseling. Your physicians and support staff provide all the tools and knowledge needed to get on track toward healthier outcomes.
These are just some of the changes that can lead to lower blood pressure:
Making changes to your diet and fitness can bring your blood pressure levels down, and help you look and feel your best. Schedule an appointment today to get started.