High Blood Pressure Treatment

Fan Yang, MD -  - Internist

Healthville

Fan Yang, MD

Internist located in Little Rock, AR

It’s estimated that one out of every three adults has high blood pressure and only half of them have it under control. This is a big concern for Fan Yang, MD, at Healthville PLLC, because untreated high blood pressure leads to heart disease and kidney disease. To schedule an appointment for blood pressure monitoring or ongoing medical care if you already have high blood pressure, use online booking or call the office in Little Rock, Arkansas.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

Why is blood pressure dangerous to my health?

High blood pressure damages blood vessels, creating rough spots where cholesterol accumulates. As cholesterol builds up and hardens, plaque develops. Plaque interferes with blood flow and increases your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.

High blood pressure (hypertension) also contributes to kidney disease. When it goes untreated, it damages blood vessels in your eyes, which can lead to vision loss.

Here’s another reason why high blood pressure is so dangerous: It sneaks up on you. It seldom causes symptoms, even when your blood pressure is severely high. As a result, it can cause damage for years without your having a clue.

Dr. Yang offers blood pressure monitoring. Routine monitoring lets you know as soon as you begin to develop hypertension. Ongoing monitoring also helps keeps blood pressure in the normal range if you’ve already developed hypertension.

What causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure may be caused by an underlying health condition. For example, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, kidney disease, and thyroid disease can all lead to hypertension.

In most cases, however, high blood pressure is not associated with another problem. Instead, it develops slowly over the years due to lifestyle factors such as:

  • Excess weight or obesity: excess weight increases blood volume, which raises blood pressure
  • Diet high in salt: salt (sodium) makes your body retain fluid, a factor that increases blood pressure
  • Diet low in potassium: lack of potassium causes too much sodium
  • Sedentary lifestyle: lack of exercise leads to a higher heart rate and higher blood pressure
  • Smoking cigarettes: tobacco immediately raises blood pressure and damages artery walls

What is the treatment for high blood pressure?

Lifestyle changes like losing weight and reducing salt often effectively lower blood pressure. As a result, these changes are the first line of treatment for hypertension.

Dr. Yang provides the information you need to transition to a healthier lifestyle. Routine blood pressure monitoring, whether at home or in the office, is also an important part of your treatment.

If your blood pressure is dangerously high, or if lifestyle changes don’t bring it into the normal range, then Dr. Yang provides medication management. Several types of medications are available to treat hypertension; Dr. Yang prescribes that one that’s best for your overall health.

To schedule blood pressure screening, call Healthville PLLC or book an appointment online.