Forward Care Family Practice PLLC
Ellana Davidov, PA-C
Family Medicine Provider & Adults and Pediatrics located in Glendale, AZ
Only about 1 in 4 adults in the United States has control over their high blood pressure. To reduce your risk for heart disease and other conditions, Ellana Davidov, PA-C, and the team at Forward Care Family Practice PLLC in Glendale, Arizona, offer comprehensive medical management services for high blood pressure. They also offer routine checkups to identify warning signs of high blood pressure as early as possible. Learn more about your options for managing high blood pressure by calling Forward Care Family Practice, booking an appointment online, or by walking in today.
High Blood Pressure Q&A
What is high blood pressure?
Your blood pressure is a measurement of the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries. When you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it means your blood force is high enough to cause damage to your vessels.
There are two classes of high blood pressure – primary and secondary hypertension.
Primary hypertension describes high blood pressure levels that occur for no identifiable reason. This type of condition tends to develop gradually over many years.
Your age, family history, and lifestyle can contribute to primary hypertension.
Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that develops because of an underlying health condition like obstructive sleep apnea, kidney disease, or thyroid disorders.
You can also develop secondary hypertension if you use birth control, over-the-counter cold medications, or certain prescription drugs.
When should I seek treatment for high blood pressure?
Unfortunately, high blood pressure doesn’t cause any symptoms until the condition is in its advanced stages. For this reason, it’s important that you schedule routine wellness visits at Forward Care Family Practice so the team can carefully monitor changes in your blood pressure over time.
If left untreated, high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart disease, heart failure, and possibly a life-threatening aneurysm.
During your routine visits, the team can evaluate your blood pressure and get you started on a treatment plan if your levels remain elevated.
How is high blood pressure treated?
The team at Forward Care Family Practice may initially try to help you lower your blood pressure naturally. This typically involves changing your diet to eat more fresh, low-fat, and low-salt foods.
You should also increase your physical activity and ensure you’re getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Exercise also helps you manage stress that plays a role in high blood pressure. The team can recommend other stress-reducing techniques like mindful breathing to keep your blood pressure levels healthy.
If these changes aren’t enough to control high blood pressure, you may need medications that relax your blood vessels to improve circulation or diuretics that help eliminate more fluids and sodium from your body.
If you haven’t had a blood pressure check recently, schedule one today by calling Forward Care Family Practice, booking online, or visiting the practice as a walk-in.