Treatment for Hypertension
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called the silent killer. You can have high blood pressure without experiencing symptoms, but it can quietly put you at risk for serious health problems. At Rapid Immediate Care, we offer treatment for hypertension to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk for stroke, heart attack and other critical health issues.
Treatment for hypertension can include lifestyle changes such as losing weight, reducing dietary sodium, quitting smoking and enhancing other healthy habits. For those with advanced stages of hypertension, medication may be required to lower the pressure on the arteries to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. At Rapid Immediate Care, we can create a treatment plan to address hypertension and lower the pressure to protect your heart and arteries from damage.
High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is measured to determine the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and the pressure between beats (diastolic pressure). The reading has the systolic number first or on top, with the diastolic pressure second or on the bottom. For the average adult, 120/80 or lower is considered within the healthy range. If either number is higher, it is a sign of elevated blood pressure or hypertension and may require treatment. Age can affect the desired results of your blood pressure check.
Causes of Hypertension
Genetics, diet, smoking, weight, and other factors can lead to higher blood pressure or primary hypertension. Specifically, diets high in sodium can result in fluid retention that causes more pressure on the arteries. Lack of exercise, smoking/vaping, obesity and family history can all impact your risk for hypertension, which also increases with age. High blood pressure can also be caused by other health conditions like kidney disease, sleep apnea and thyroid issues or increased by certain stimulants and medications.
If you have high blood pressure, it is important to receive treatment to bring it under control. If you live in the Crystal Lake or Hoffman Estates, IL, area, visit us at Rapid Immediate Care. We offer primary care services, including treatment for hypertension. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment at either of our healthcare clinics.