Manage Your Hypertension
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of Americans have hypertension - commonly known as high blood pressure - and for many it has gone undiagnosed. And without medical intervention, hypertension can lead to heart disease, stroke or kidney or heart failure.
If you suspect you have hypertension, or have been diagnosed with the condition, Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids can help you manage your hypertension so you can live your healthiest life.
What are some of the signs of hypertension?
Symptoms of hypertension may not be immediately evident, so it is important you visit with the experts at our Grand Rapids office if you are considered at a greater risk for hypertension. If you are overweight, a smoker, sedentary, frequently stressed, consume a poor diet or have a history of the disease, be especially mindful of signs including confusion, dizziness, chest pains, headaches or fatigue.
How can I manage my hypertension?
Your specialist at our Grand Rapids office may recommend lifestyle changes, medication or a combination of the two.
Lifestyle changes may include incorporating regular exercise into your week and adapting your diet to consume less fat, salt and alcohol and more fresh fruits and vegetables. You may also be advised to practice stress reduction techniques, such as meditation.
Additionally, it is important to quit if you are a smoker, and if you are overweight achieving a healthy body weight can help with keeping your hypertension under control.
At our Grand Rapids office, we can also prescribe medications for hypertension management. Depending on the severity of your hypertension and your specific needs, you may be prescribed one or more of the following:
- Beta and alpha blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Central agonists
Each of these medications performs a specific task, such as lowering heart rate, relaxing the vascular walls, or flushing excess sodium out of the body. Your specialist at our Grand Rapids office will walk you through the unique attributes and purpose of your recommended medication.
With the help of Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI, you can keep your hypertension in check and live life to fullest. Call us today at (616) 717-5141.