Nearly 75 million Americans are at risk for serious health complications due to high blood pressure. At Tucson Family and Geriatric Medicine, experienced family physician Karen Lee, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for high blood pressure. Dr. Lee recommends routine blood pressure screenings to prevent heart attacks, stroke, and other conditions that affect your long-term health and vitality. Learn more about the available services for high blood pressure by calling the Tucson, Arizona, office or requesting an appointment online now. We see patients from the surrounding cities Oro Valley, Tucson, Catalina foothills and Marana.
Your blood pressure is a measurement of the force of your blood against your artery walls. When this pressure remains high for an extended period of time, you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension.
In primary hypertension, your blood pressure remains elevated for no specific reason. In secondary hypertension, you have consistently high blood pressure due to underlying health conditions, such as:
If you use over-the-counter cold medications, drink excessive alcohol, or take hormones, you may be at increased risk for developing high blood pressure. Eating too much salt can also increase your blood pressure.
When left untreated, high blood pressure results in long-term or life-threatening health complications, like heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
One of the reasons why high blood pressure becomes a life-threatening situation is due to the lack of symptoms associated with the condition.
In many cases, symptoms of high blood pressure only begin when the condition is progressive enough to cause serious health issues. These symptoms may include:
This is why it’s important to have routine blood pressure checks, especially if you have an underlying health issue that increases your risk for high blood pressure or if you have a family history of the condition.
Dr. Lee offers routine blood pressure checks using a simple, noninvasive blood pressure cuff that identifies high blood pressure levels.
For many people, Dr. Lee initially recommends lifestyle changes to help you lose weight and improve your eating habits. She also suggests relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
When blood pressure can’t be controlled solely through lifestyle modifications, Dr. Lee prescribes medications that relax your blood vessels and increase the efficiency of your blood flow.
In addition to in-office blood pressure checks, Dr. Lee may suggest checking your blood pressure at home to ensure it’s well-managed.
If you have risk factors for high blood pressure, don’t delay having a medical evaluation. You can book a consultation with Dr. Lee online or by calling the office today.
We see patients from the surrounding cities Oro Valley, Tucson, Catalina foothills and Marana