High Blood Pressure Specialist

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Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Services located in Elkton, MD

If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, you’re at higher risk than normal for dangerous conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. The providers at Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists of Elkton, Maryland, are committed to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood pressure. For expert care of your chronically high blood pressure or to come in for a blood pressure check, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a chronic health condition that causes increased pressure inside your heart, blood vessels, and entire circulatory system. High blood pressure puts stress on your cells and tissues. This damages your organs and places you at a much higher risk for many serious health problems.

When you have uncontrolled, untreated high blood pressure, you’re at increased risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots
  • Aneurysm 
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Varicose veins
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

High blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer, because it may do serious damage to your body long before you have an actual diagnosis. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Who is at risk for having high blood pressure?

There both reversible and irreversible factors that may contribute to your high blood pressure.

Reversible factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet
  • High-sodium diet
  • High-fat diet
  • Smoking
  • Recreational drug use
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Anxiety
  • High-stress lifestyle

Nonreversible factors include male gender, advanced age, African-American or Asian race, and family history. Some chronic health conditions that raise your risk for high blood pressure include diabetes, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol.

How can high cholesterol affect my blood pressure?

High cholesterol is a chronic condition where fatty elements of the blood build up in the blood vessels. When you have an elevated cholesterol level, you have an increased risk for several diseases, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes

High cholesterol impacts your blood pressure because fatty buildup narrows and hardens your vessels and arteries. With less room for blood to flow and decreased elasticity of the vessel walls, the internal pressure inside your entire circulatory system increases.

At Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists, they regularly check both your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels during each physical exam. With early detection and healthy lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your risks significantly. 

If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists today.