Hypertension occurs when the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries is too high. In many cases, hypertension won’t cause any noticeable symptoms. However, if high blood pressure becomes severe, you may experience:
Doctors generally consider blood pressure to be healthy if it remains below 120 over 80. Blood pressure of 140/90 or above usually requires treatment. Patients with blood pressure between these thresholds have prehypertension and should make lifestyle and dietary changes to lower their blood pressure.
Researchers don’t know exactly what causes hypertension. Most patients with this condition develop it slowly over time. In some cases, hypertension may result from other conditions, such as kidney or thyroid problems.
Some risk factors make hypertension more likely. Examples include eating too much salt, having a family history of hypertension, and stress. While some of these risk factors can be changed, others are unavoidable.
If left untreated, chronic hypertension can lead to several serious complications, including kidney failure, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. To avoid these complications, patients who have been diagnosed with hypertension should take steps to lower their blood pressure.
Reyes and Reyes, MD, PA, offers the following services to patients with hypertension:
Patients with high blood pressure should take all of their medications as directed and see Dr. Reyes on a regular basis. Patients with this condition should also follow all of Dr. Reyes’ recommendations regarding diet, exercise, and other lifestyle issues.
As a primary care practice with specialties in Internal Medicine and Family Practice we are pleased to offer our patients a wide variety of insurance options. For your convenience, we have included here a list of some of the most common insurance plans accepted in our office. In addition to the list provided, we accept a plethora of other health insurance plans. Please feel free to contact us to see if we take your insurance – we will be happy to help!
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