High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attacks and other serious health problems. Fortunately, your San Antonio, TX, family physician, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa of Texan Family Clinic, can help you keep your high blood pressure under control.
Why is it important to control high blood pressure?
Lowering your blood pressure may not seem like a priority if you feel fine. Unfortunately, high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels even if you don't experience any symptoms. If you don't make lifestyle changes or take medications to lower your blood pressure, high blood pressure can cause vision impairment, heart failure, coronary artery disease, kidney failure, dementia, blood circulation problems, stroke, and other serious health issues.
You can develop high blood pressure at any time in your life, although your blood pressure is more likely to rise as you get older. In fact, 90 percent of people will eventually develop high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Race can also affect your risk. African Americans are more likely to have a high blood pressure than other races. Other risk factors can include:
- A family history of high blood pressure
- Being obese or overweight
- Having a lot of stress in your life
- Not getting enough exercise
- Eating an unhealthy diet
- Drinking alcoholic beverages frequently
What can I do about high blood pressure?
During a visit to the San Antonio office, your family doctor can recommend lifestyle changes and treatments that can help you lower your blood pressure. He may recommend that you become more active, lose weight, and improve your diet. If stress is a contributing factor, practicing meditation, taking up a new hobby, or trying yoga might be helpful. Giving up smoking and decreasing the amount of alcohol you drink may also decrease your blood pressure.
If lifestyle changes alone aren't enough to improve your high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend medications that will help lower your blood pressure. Taking your medication every day and following lifestyle recommendations will help you protect your health.
Are you having difficulty controlling your high blood pressure? Call your family physician in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa of Texan Family Clinic, at (210) 562-3125 to schedule your appointment.