Hypertension, or high blood pressure, puts you at risk for serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. The worst part is that this disease doesn’t typically cause symptoms, even while it causes damage that threatens your health. Madaiah Revana, MD, FACC, and the team at Humble Cardiology Associates specialize in helping patients prevent hypertension and its consequences. The providers also offer exceptional care for those already diagnosed with the condition. To have your blood pressure checked, call one of the offices in Humble and Houston, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Blood pushes against artery walls as it circulates through your body. The force it places on the wall is your blood pressure.
When your blood pressure is too high, the extra force damages the inside of the arterial walls, creating a small rough spot. This area enables cholesterol to stick to the wall and build up into plaque — a condition called atherosclerosis.
As plaque enlarges and blocks blood flow, it makes your heart work harder to supply blood to your body. If a piece of the plaque breaks loose, it can travel to your heart, brain, or lungs. As a result, hypertension causes:
Hypertension also causes peripheral artery disease.
Hypertension doesn’t cause symptoms. If you don’t have your blood pressure checked, you can have hypertension for years without knowing it. All the while, the disease is progressively damaging your blood vessels.
Unfortunately, the first symptom of hypertension is often a serious threat to your health, such as a heart attack or stroke. If your hypertension reaches life-threatening levels, you may experience symptoms such as headaches, confusion, dizziness, and chest pain.
In most patients, hypertension develops gradually due to lifestyle factors such as:
Though not as common, hypertension may develop due to health problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid disorders, and kidney disease.
The team at Humble Cardiology Associates works closely with each patient, creating customized treatment plans to prevent and treat hypertension. The first line of treatment begins with a lifestyle plan to change the risk factors that contribute to your hypertension.
After your provider evaluates your overall health and lifestyle, your treatment may include a diet and exercise plan, guidance for managing weight loss, or help in finding ways to lower your stress.
Patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension may only need lifestyle changes to bring their blood pressure down to a safe range. If your blood pressure is dangerously high or lifestyle changes don’t lower it enough, your provider at Humble Cardiology Associates prescribes one of several possible medications to reduce your hypertension.
If you need your blood pressure checked or you need help managing hypertension, call Humble Cardiology Associates or schedule an appointment online.