Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects approximately 30 percent of all American adults. It happens when an individual’s blood moves through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal. There are numerous factors that may contribute to hypertension, including:
- Lack of physical activity
- High alcohol consumption
- Family History
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
- Sleep apnea
There are two different types of hypertension: primary and secondary. Primary hypertension - also referred to as essential hypertension - is the most common and there is no known cause. This type of hypertension likely develops over many years as the result of an individual’s lifestyle and environment. Secondary hypertension is caused by a medication or health problems, such as kidney dysfunction, sleep apnea, and thyroid or adrenal gland problems. Unfortunately, the number of Americans with hypertension is only expected to grow as our population ages. Many refer to this common condition as the “silent killer”, as it has been linked to heart failure, heart blockages, stroke, and kidney failure.
What is Blood Pressure?
As you may know, blood pressure refers to the force in which your blood flows through the arteries in your body. Arteries are very important because they are the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to all the other areas of the body. As the heart beats, blood is pushed through the arteries, putting pressure on the artery walls. When a person’s blood moves through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal, it can lead to serious complications - especially if it stays high for a long period of time.
Even though high blood pressure is quite common, we understand how scary this diagnosis can be and will take the time to work with you and ensure all your questions are answered. Unlike most other primary care physicians, Dr. Vora is dedicated to your health, regardless of the setting. Whether you need to schedule an appointment for a regular checkup or find yourself in the hospital, Dr. Vora will be there. Most other PCPs hand patients over to other doctors when they go to the hospital or a nursing home, but not Dr. Vora. We are committed to building relationships with our patients and take the time to understand what solutions are ideal for each individual.
Together with an on-site nurse practitioner, Dr. Vora will assess your health and determine what the next step is. There are numerous options for individuals with hypertension and Dr. Vora will be sure to give you a customized plan designed to support your health long-term. Please give Bharmal Internal Medicine a call today to schedule an appointment at our clinic.