An estimated 1 in 3 adults has hypertension in the United States. At Soriano Med in Rockledge, Florida, Victor Soriano, MD, and the board-certified medical team offer routine blood pressure monitoring services to prevent heart disease and other chronic conditions. The staff provides comprehensive treatment plans customized to fit your needs and works closely with you to improve your diet, physical activity levels, and overall heart health. Find out more about your options for treating hypertension by calling Soriano Med today or by requesting an appointment online now.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition that develops slowly over time. When you have hypertension, the long-term force of your blood against your arteries is persistently high.
There are two main types of hypertension:
Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that develops for no identifiable reason. Blood pressure levels tend to increase gradually over time and can lead to long-term heart disease and other health complications.
In secondary hypertension, underlying medical issues cause high blood pressure levels. These conditions may include:
You can also develop secondary hypertension if you regularly use over-the-counter cold medications or birth control pills.
If left untreated, persistent high blood pressure levels can lead to chronic health issues, including heart disease or a heart attack.
The symptoms of hypertension typically aren’t noticeable until the disease has progressed enough to cause heart damage and other health issues.
For this reason, it’s important that you schedule routine blood pressure screenings, especially if you have a family history of the condition.
Other factors that can increase your risk for developing hypertension include:
If you have secondary hypertension due to underlying chronic disease, you should also get routine blood pressure checks.
Initial treatment for hypertension focuses on lifestyle and diet modifications to help you achieve a healthy body weight and lower your blood pressure levels naturally. The Soriano Med staff works closely with you on a diet and exercise program to ensure you’re getting the nutrition you need, limiting salt, and enjoying daily physical activity.
If your blood pressure remains high despite these changes, you may need medications to relax your blood vessels and improve your overall circulation. Routine in-office blood pressure checks as well as monitoring your levels at home helps you manage hypertension in the long term.
If you have a family history of hypertension and want to learn more about treating the disease and preventing chronic health complications, schedule a consultation at Soriano Med today. You can use the online booking feature to make an appointment or book one by calling the office.