Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is aptly called the silent killer. It affects roughly one-third of American adults, and it usually doesn’t come with any discernible symptoms. Charles Lovell, M.D., in Norfolk, Virginia, can test you for hypertension and get you started on treatment if needed. Since the disease can result in heart attacks, strokes, and aneurysms, it’s important to diagnose it as early as possible. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Hypertension is a medical term for high blood pressure. As your blood rushes through your veins and arteries, it creates pressure against their walls. If your arteries are narrow due to clogging or thickening, the passageways can become too small to handle the amount of blood that travels through them.
Over time, uncontrolled hypertension can damage your blood vessels and lead to serious complications. Hypertension can cause serious medical conditions and ailments, including:
It’s important to check your blood pressure regularly since hypertension can develop without any warning signs or symptoms.
It is completely normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day. If it stays high for long periods of time, it has developed into hypertension, and it can pose serious risks to your health. There are two types of the disease:
Also known as essential hypertension, primary hypertension has no known cause, and it develops as you age.
Secondary hypertension usually comes on more suddenly than primary hypertension. Common causes include obstructive sleep apnea, adrenal gland tumors, and illicit drug use.
Many factors can put you at a higher risk of developing hypertension later in life. Risk factors for hypertension include:
After reviewing your medical history, asking about your lifestyle habits, and examining you, Dr. Lovell will discuss if you are at risk of developing hypertension. He’ll then discuss changes you can make to lower your risk.
There are several ways you can keep your blood pressure in a healthy range, including:
Dr. Lovell can give you suggestions that are specific to your body and lifestyle.
If you have concerns about your blood pressure and would like to learn more about hypertension, book an appointment online or over the phone with Charles Lovell, M.D., today.