Hypertension Treatment Clinic in Virginia
High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when the pressure of blood pushing against your artery walls is constantly high. High blood pressure can cause headaches, heart palpitations, and nosebleeds. If hypertension remains untreated, it can lead to further medical conditions like renal disease, heart disease, and stroke. If you think you have high blood pressure symptoms, visit us at Nova Patient Care. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA, and Alexandra VA.
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Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is a chronic health condition that affects nearly half of the adult population in the United States, which equates to 108 million people. It is also estimated that only a quarter of the people living with hypertension properly manage their condition, with a staggering 75 percent of hypertension patients living with an uncontrolled condition. These numbers may be alarming, but there is hope: with proper care and treatment, those living with high blood pressure can live a good quality of life and can also be expected to live as long as those who do not have the condition.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a chronic condition that occurs when too much pressure is placed on the inside of the arterial walls. When the heart beats, it pumps blood through the arteries to provide oxygen to tissues throughout the body. The force the blood exerts against the walls of the arteries is known as blood pressure. Blood pressure (BP) is measured in millimeters of mercury. It is recorded as two numbers: the top number measures the systolic pressure (when the heart beats) and the bottom number measures the diastolic pressure (when the heart relaxes). The cause of high blood pressure is often unknown, which is referred to as primary hypertension by healthcare professionals. Secondary high blood pressure is caused by another condition, often one that affects the kidneys, arteries, heart, or endocrine system. There are also factors that contribute to high blood pressure, including the following:
• Age (blood pressure usually increases with age)
• Excessive consumption of alcohol
• Lack of exercise
• Sleep apnea
Primary hypertension can result from multiple factors:
• Blood plasma volume
• Hormone activity
• Environmental factors, including stress and diet
Secondary hypertension may be caused by:
• Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
• Diabetes, from kidney problems and nerve damage
• Kidney disease
• Pheochromocytoma (rare cancer of an adrenal gland)
• Cushing syndrome (caused by corticosteroid drugs)
• Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
• Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland
• Hyperparathyroidism (affects calcium and phosphorous levels)
• Sleep apnea
The best and most effective way to diagnose hypertension is to measure blood pressure, such as with a sphygmomanometer. Nearly everyone has undergone this test, which works by inserting an arm into a cuff, which then fills up with air and measures blood pressure. These noninvasive tests are quick and painless and have helped countless millions determine their blood pressure. These tests measure systolic range and diastolic range, which are the pressures exerted on the arterial walls when the heart is active (pumping) and at rest (between pumps), respectively.
The treatment for high blood pressure varies from patient to patient and is dependent upon several factors, including the severity of the condition, the age of the patient, if any underlying conditions are present, if other treatments have failed to provide relief and how the patient responds to treatment. The treatment for hypertension may include lifestyle changes, such as:
• Eating a healthy diet with less salt
• Getting regular physical activity
• Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight
• Limiting amount of alcohol consumption
However, sometimes lifestyle changes are not enough on their own when treating hypertension. In these cases, medications may be prescribed to help manage blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure, come to Nova Patient Care for treatment you can trust. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating hypertension and can help you better manage your condition to live a better quality of life.
Early detection is the key when it comes to hypertension. With it, your doctor can effectively monitor your blood pressure until it comes back to normal levels. If you have been experiencing headaches, chest pains, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, or vision problems, it is best to meet with a physician. At Nova Patient Care, our doctors can recommend you lifestyle change practices that will help you reduce your high blood pressure and may also prescribe you medications based on your condition and risk of developing other health issues associated with hypertension.
Feel free to get in touch with us to receive the most effective and appropriate treatment. Contact us.
For more information contact us or to book an appointment online. We serve patients from Woodbridge VA, Bethel VA, Dale City VA, Old Town Alexandria VA, Huntington VA, Fort Hunt VA, Arlington VA, Mclean VA, Idylwood VA, Kingstowne Center Alexandria VA, Franconia VA, Newington VA, Falls Church VA, Annandale VA, Tysons VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA, Pentagon City Arlington VA, Seven Corners VA, Lake Barcroft, VA and surrounding areas.
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