Did you know that chronic high blood pressure can shorten your life? It’s true. Chronic high blood pressure can lead to heart damage, a heart attack, a stroke, and other serious medical problems. Your doctor can help you manage your high blood pressure, to help you live a long, healthy life. Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX, provides comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis, treatment, and management of high blood pressure.
What Is High Blood Pressure?
So, what exactly is blood pressure? It’s a measurement of blood flowing through your arteries. When your blood pressure is high, it means the blood is encountering resistance as it flows through your arteries.
The resistance can be caused by fatty plaques which build up on the walls of your arteries, narrowing the arteries and restricting flow. If blood flow is blocked completely, it can result in a heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure can be caused by factors which you can’t control, including genetics and family history. Fortunately, there are many factors you can control, to help keep your blood pressure at normal levels. You need to:
- Eat a healthy diet low in fat and salt
- Eat less red meat and more poultry and fish
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit consumption of alcohol
- Get regular exercise
- Avoid smoking
Your doctor can help you keep your blood pressure stable too, with a variety of treatment options. Medication is the first line of treatment for high blood pressure. Medications include:
- Diuretics, to help get rid of excess fluid
- ACE inhibitors, relax blood vessels
- Beta Blockers, open blood vessels and lower how hard your heart is working
- Calcium channel blockers, relax blood vessels and slow down your heart rate
Contact Our Office Today
Your doctor may also recommend dietary counseling and lifestyle modification, to help you manage your blood pressure. To find out more about the causes and importance of managing high blood pressure, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX. You can reach him in the office by calling (210) 562-3125, so call today.