Internists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Winter Park, FL
Almost half of adult Americans have high blood pressure, and some don’t even realize the condition may be affecting their health. At JS Healthcare in Winter Park, Florida, Dr. Shwetanshu Shukla offers a comprehensive diagnosis of high blood pressure through regular health care checks. He also provides blood pressure management treatments to control high blood pressure and prevent additional medical problems, including organ damage. To learn more about the available treatments for high blood pressure schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What causes high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition when the force of blood flowing through vessels is chronically too high. This condition often shows no symptoms and is often called a silent killer because many who suffer from hypertension don’t know they have it.
In primary hypertension, there may be no specific cause of high blood pressure levels. It's a condition that can develop gradually over time as the blood vessels in the body begin to narrow.
In secondary hypertension, high blood pressure is the result of an underlying medical condition or lifestyle habit:
- Kidney problems
- Thyroid conditions
- High sodium diet
- Birth defects
- Sleep apnea
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Certain medications, including prescription and over the counter medications like cold medicines, decongestants, pain relievers, and birth control pills, can increase blood pressure suddenly.
What are the complications of high blood pressure?
Untreated high blood pressure can cause significant damage to blood vessels and can also cause damage to internal organs. Other health problems that can result from high blood pressure include:
- An aneurysm
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Metabolic disorders
- Memory and concentration problems
It’s critical to have regular health screenings at JS Healthcare, including blood pressure checks, to ensure blood pressure levels are normal.
When symptoms of high blood pressure appear, including dizziness or shortness of breath, blood pressure levels may already be at a life-threatening stage.
What treatments are available for high blood pressure?
If Dr. Shukla determines you have high blood pressure, he may initially suggest making important lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure naturally. These changes may include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a low-salt diet
- Incorporating more daily exercise
- Quitting smoking and tobacco use
High blood pressure that isn't well-controlled with lifestyle changes may require medication.
Dr. Shukla may prescribe medications, such as beta-blockers or ACE inhibitors to relax blood vessels and allow blood to flow more efficiently. He may also recommend diuretics, or water pills, to reduce blood volume by helping the kidneys remove excess water and sodium.
Dr. Shukla also offers resources to help reduce stress levels and prevent related health complications, including high blood pressure.
Schedule an evaluation online or by phone to learn more about blood pressure management.