One in five American adults is unaware they have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Elite NP Clinic in DeSoto, Texas, Nurse Practitioner Tamara Washington offers an array of treatments for high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. From medications to medical monitoring, education, and preventive care, Nurse Washington is here to help you regulate your blood pressure and enhance your wellness. Conveniently book an appointment here on the website or call today.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the long-term force of your blood against your artery walls is too high, to the point where it could result in complications, such as heart disease.
The amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries and how much blood your heart pumps determine your blood pressure. Higher blood pressure correlates with narrower arteries and more blood pumped by your heart.
Some of the symptoms of hypertension can include:
Some people don’t experience any symptoms. At-home tests and in-office tests can help Nurse Washington diagnose high blood pressure. She also checks your blood pressure on your arm with a special pressure-measuring gauge and an appropriate-size inflatable arm cuff.
There are two types of hypertension: primary and secondary.
Primary hypertension occurs over many years and has no identifiable cause.
Secondary hypertension happens because of an underlying condition and can appear suddenly. Various factors can lead to secondary hypertension, such as:
Though there isn’t always a definitive cause of hypertension, many factors are known to play a part, including:
Some of the complications of hypertension include:
Nurse Washington reviews your medical history and conducts a physical exam. She checks your blood pressure and might recommend routine tests, such as a urine test, a cholesterol test, and an electrocardiogram to monitor your overall health and heart health.
Nurse Washington recommends a healthy lifestyle with optimal nutrition and suitable activity. You try to relieve your stress and maintain a healthy weight. If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, medications might be recommended. It’s also helpful to quit smoking and limit alcohol intake.
If you have hypertension, Nurse Washington works with you to decide the right course of treatment. For medical support from an attentive provider, visit Nurse Washington. Call or click to make your appointment.