High Blood Pressure & Medication Doctor in Mursfreeboro, TN
Helton Family Medicine, a Mursfreeboro Family Doctor helps individuals who are struggling with high blood pressure find long-term recovery. Located in Mursfreeboro, TN, Helton Family is the leader in cardiovascular health care.
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Signs & Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is generally a silent “killer” condition as it is commonly known as not showing any symptoms. It may take months or years for the condition to reach levels severe enough that symptoms become obvious. Even then, these symptoms can still be attributed to other illness.
Symptoms of High blood pressure can include the following and require immediate medical attention:
- headaches (most commonly pain that starts from the back of the head until the top)
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- visual changes
- blood in the urine
These symptoms does not occur in everyone with hypertension or high blood pressure, but waiting for a symptom of this condition to appear could be fatal.
Complications of High Blood Pressure
Because high blood pressure or hypertension is often a silent condition, it can cause severe damage to your body for years without showing any symptoms. Untreated high blood pressure, may result to serious, and even fatal complications.
Complications of high blood pressure include the following.
- Heart attack or stroke.
- High blood pressure can cause hardening and thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications.
- Heart failure
- Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in your kidneys.
- Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes. This can result in vision loss.
- Metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is a cluster of disorders of your body’s metabolism, including increased waist circumference; high triglycerides; low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol; high blood pressure and high insulin levels. These conditions make you more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
- Trouble with memory or understanding.
High blood pressure makes arteries harder, tighter, and less elastic which makes dietary fats easy to deposit in your arteries and restrict blood flow. This damage can lead to increased blood pressure, blockages, and, eventually, heart attack and stroke.
Treatment For High Blood Pressure
You may be trying to find the best High blood pressure treatment in Murfreesboro, TN. There are number of factors that help us determine the best treatment option for you. These factors include which type of hypertension you have and what causes have been identified.
Primary hypertension treatment options
If diagnosed with this stage of High blood pressure, lifestyle changes may help reduce your high blood pressure. If lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough, we may prescribe medication.
Secondary hypertension treatment options
We shall be running laboratory tests and if an underlying issue causing your hypertension, treatment will focus on that other condition. For example, if a medicine you’ve started taking is causing increased blood pressure, we will try other medicines that don’t have this side effect.
Sometimes, high blood pressure is persistent even if treatment for the underlying cause is done. In this case, we may work with you to develop lifestyle changes and prescribe medications to help decrease your blood pressure.
Treatment plans for hypertension often change from time to time so what worked for you at first may not be effective overtime. We continue to work with you to refine your treatment.
Many people go on trial-and-error phase with when under high blood pressure medications. You may need to try different medicines until you find one or a combination of medications that work for you.
Most people also use a blood pressure monitoring device to monitor daily blood pressure. Monitoring cannot treat high blood pressure however this will be helpful in the diagnosis of hypertension.
Medicines Commonly Used for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or Hypertension can lead to many serious health conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. Treatment of high blood pressure early is very essential in preventing these and other problems to occur in the future.
There are lots of different medications that can help treat high blood pressure and these are drugs called antihypertensives. Divided into many different categories, each of which works differently with different side effects.
With so many options available, finding the best one for you may take some time and patience. We will work with you to find the best treatment plan that works for you, which may include one or more medications.
Beta-blockers: make your heart beat slower and with less force. This reduces the amount of blood pumped through your arteries with each beat, which lowers blood pressure. It also blocks certain hormones in your body that can raise your blood pressure.
Diuretics: High sodium levels and excess fluid in your body can increase blood pressure. Diuretics, also called water pills, help your kidneys remove excess sodium from your body. As the sodium leaves, extra fluid in your bloodstream moves into your urine, which helps lower your blood pressure.
ACE inhibitors: Angiotensin is a chemical that causes blood vessels and artery walls to tighten and narrow. ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors prevent the body from producing as much of this chemical. This helps blood vessels relax and reduces blood pressure.
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs): While ACE inhibitors aim to stop the creation of angiotensin, ARBs block angiotensin from binding with receptors. Without the chemical, blood vessels won’t tighten. That helps relax vessels and lower blood pressure.
Calcium channel blockers: These medications block some of the calcium from entering the cardiac muscles of your heart. This leads to less forceful heartbeats and a lower blood pressure. These medicines also work in the blood vessels, causing them to relax and further lowering blood pressure.
Alpha-2 agonists: This type of medication changes the nerve impulses that cause blood vessels to tighten. This helps blood vessels to relax, which reduces blood pressure.
I’m Dr. Helton.
I started practicing medicine in the year 2000, and over the past 18 years have treated and served over 15,000 patients. I’m the current president of the Middle Tennessee chapter of Family Physicians, an Executive board member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Chairman of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Family Medicine Department.
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