Blood naturally pushes against blood vessel walls as it flows through your body. When that pressure is too high for an extended period of time, the force damages the blood vessel, creating a rough spot that snags excess cholesterol. As cholesterol gradually builds up, plaque develops, the artery wall stiffens, and blood flow is blocked.
Hypertension can lead to heart attack or stroke. When vessels in the kidney are injured, it may cause kidney failure. It’s also dangerous because it seldom presents symptoms. If you don’t get regular wellness check-ups, you won’t know you have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure may be caused by underlying health conditions such as kidney problems, obstructive sleep apnea, or thyroid problems, but most cases develop gradually over many years. The following lifestyle factors increase your risk for high blood pressure:
Dr. Boulware determines whether you have an underlying health condition and begins treatment if necessary. If you don’t have another health problem, the first step for managing high blood pressure is to address the lifestyle issues that contribute to the problem. The management plan includes any or all of the following:
Once you develop high blood pressure, managing it becomes a lifelong goal. Dr. Boulware’s support and expertise helps you maintain your cardiovascular health, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to have your blood pressure checked.
At Boulware Medical Clinic, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures at Beautification by Boulware