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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Generations Family Practice

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Cary, NC

Almost half of Americans experience high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the condition rarely presents symptoms, so you might be at risk and not realize it. At Generations Family Practice, the team of family medicine providers boasts years of experience diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. To make an appointment, call the practice in Cary, North Carolina, or click the online booking feature today.

High Blood Pressure Q&A

What is high blood pressure?

If you have high blood pressure, it means the force of the blood pumping against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently high. Over time, that high pressure causes the walls to weaken, increasing your risk of a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or a stroke.

High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because it rarely presents symptoms. The best way to protect your heart (and health) is to schedule a physical exam at least once a year.

What are the types of high blood pressure?

At Generations Family Practice, the team treats all types of high blood pressure:

Primary high blood pressure

Primary high blood pressure develops gradually as you age. It’s thought that this type of high blood pressure occurs due to a combination of genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.

Secondary high blood pressure

Secondary high blood pressure occurs suddenly and is often severe. Usually, it’s the result of an underlying medical condition, like kidney disease, liver disease, or a hormonal imbalance.

Who is at risk of experiencing high blood pressure?

High blood pressure affects people of all ages, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Drinking excess amounts of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Being stressed out
  • Eating a poor diet

You’re also more likely to experience high blood pressure if you struggle to maintain a healthy weight.

Does high blood pressure increase my risk of other medical issues?

Yes. If you have high blood pressure and don’t make an effort to keep your numbers in check, you’re more likely to experience a heart attack, a stroke, metabolic syndrome, or dementia. The team at Generations Family Practice can develop a treatment plan that reduces your risk of these and other issues.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

To diagnose high blood pressure, your Generations Family Practice provider uses an inflatable cuff connected to a pressure-measuring gauge. High blood pressure is measured in millimeters over mercury (mm/Hg) and a reading of 120/80 mm/Hg is considered normal. Anything higher indicates you have high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

At Generations Family Practice, the team treats high blood pressure using conservative, holistic means. Often, high blood pressure responds to lifestyle changes, like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and keeping your stress levels in check. 

If your blood pressure remains high even after making these changes, your provider might recommend prescription medication. There are a variety of drugs used to manage high blood pressure, including diuretics, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

To assess your risk of high blood pressure, make an appointment at Generations Family Practice by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling feature today.