Hypertension Specialist

Charles F. Lovell, M.D. FACP PC

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician located in Norfolk, VA

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 Q & A

What is hypertension?

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:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Dementia

It’s important to check your blood pressure regularly since hypertension can develop without any warning signs or symptoms.

What causes hypertension?

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:

Primary hypertension

Also known as essential hypertension, primary hypertension has no known cause, and it develops as you age.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension usually comes on more suddenly than primary hypertension. Common causes include obstructive sleep apnea, adrenal gland tumors, and illicit drug use.

Am I at risk for hypertension?

Many factors can put you at a higher risk of developing hypertension later in life. Risk factors for hypertension include:

  • Old age
  • Alcoholism
  • Too much salt in your diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Stress

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.

How can I prevent hypertension?

There are several ways you can keep your blood pressure in a healthy range, including:

  • Eating healthy
  • Exercising regularly
  • Not smoking
  • Cutting back on alcohol consumption

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.