Hypertension Clinic

At Midtown Renal Care, we are dedicated to helping individuals understand, manage, and effectively control hypertension, a serious medical condition often referred to as high blood pressure. Our experienced team of nephrologists and healthcare professionals is here to support you in achieving optimal cardiovascular health.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a medical condition where the force of blood against the walls of your arteries is consistently too high. If left unmanaged, hypertension can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.

Symptoms of Hypertension

Hypertension is often referred to as a "silent killer" because it usually has no noticeable symptoms until it has already caused damage to your body. For this reason, regular blood pressure monitoring is essential. If blood pressure becomes extremely high, you may experience symptoms like severe headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, or chest pain.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of hypertension is made through measuring your blood pressure. It is typically expressed as two numbers: systolic (top number) over diastolic (bottom number). A normal blood pressure reading is typically around 120/80 mm Hg. High blood pressure is defined as readings consistently at or above 130/80 mm Hg.

Causes of Hypertension

There are many factors that can contribute to hypertension, including:

  • Lifestyle Choices: Unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical activity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing hypertension.
  • Genetic Factors: Family history can play a significant role in hypertension. If your parents or siblings have high blood pressure, you may be at higher risk.
  • Medical Conditions: Conditions like kidney disease, hormonal disorders, and certain medications can lead to hypertension.
  • Stress: Chronic stress can lead to increased blood pressure, as the body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones.

Treatment and Management

At Midtown Renal Care, we offer a comprehensive approach to managing hypertension. Our services include:

  • Lifestyle Modification: Our team provides guidance on dietary changes, exercise, and stress reduction to help control blood pressure.
  • Medication Management: In some cases, prescription medications may be necessary to control hypertension effectively.
  • Regular Monitoring: We emphasize the importance of regular blood pressure checks and monitoring to track your progress.

Preventing Hypertension

Prevention is key when it comes to hypertension. We offer guidance on healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent high blood pressure and reduce your risk of related complications.

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