High blood pressure is a widespread chronic health condition that develops without symptoms. It’s estimated that about 33% of adults in the United States with high blood pressure don’t know they have it. United Physician Group is a multispecialty family medicine and pain management practice with offices in Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia. Their skilled health care providers diagnose and treat high blood pressure. Call the office nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to get help managing your high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is also called hypertension. It’s a chronic health condition that occurs when the force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels remains too high over a specific period. This excess force causes the walls of the blood vessels to thicken and stiffen, and your heart can't pump blood through them as efficiently.
When left undiagnosed and untreated, high blood pressure damages the body, putting you at risk of severe complications like heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure is also a common cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Health providers often call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because it occurs without symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to visit your health care provider at United Physician Group and get your numbers checked.
Your provider checks your blood pressure every time you come in for care. However, your annual physical exam is the best time to be screened for high blood pressure.
If your provider has concerns about your blood pressure readings, they might request that you check your numbers at home with a home blood pressure monitor.
Your provider will diagnose you with high blood pressure if you have higher-than-normal blood pressure readings at three separate office visits.
The two types of high blood pressure are primary and secondary.
Primary high blood pressure is the most common type. Aging and unhealthy habits cause this type of hypertension.
If other health conditions like kidney disease or hormonal problems cause your blood pressure to be too high, you have secondary high blood pressure.
United Physician Group takes a comprehensive approach to high blood pressure management. They customize your treatment based on how severe your blood pressure readings, symptoms (if any), and other health problems are.
Initial treatment for high blood pressure focuses on lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight. If your blood pressure remains high after improving your health habits, your provider might prescribe blood pressure medication.
Call United Physician Group today or schedule an appointment online to get help managing your high blood pressure.