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Hypertension Specialist

Integrated Premier Group Specialty -  - Primary Care

Integrated Premier Group Specialty

Primary Care & Psychiatry Practice located in Tempe, AZ

Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, which puts them at risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. At Integrated Premier Group Specialty in Tempe, Arizona, offering in-person and mobile appointments, primary care specialists screen for, diagnose, and treat hypertension to reduce your risk of complications. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition that increases the pressure of blood against your artery walls. It’s linked with narrowed blood vessels and increases your risk of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems. 

Lifestyle changes and medical treatments with Integrated Premier Group Specialty can get your blood pressure levels under control.

Are there any symptoms of hypertension?

Most of the time, hypertension doesn’t cause any symptoms, which is why routine blood pressure screenings are important. However, sometimes blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels and causes shortness of breath, nosebleeds, or headaches.

Complications that can develop with untreated hypertension include heart attack, stroke, heart failure, aneurysm, and dementia. 

What are the risk factors for hypertension?

There are many risk factors for hypertension, including:

  • Family history of hypertension
  • Older age
  • Being of African American descent
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Too little dietary potassium
  • Too little dietary sodium
  • Ongoing stress
  • Too much alcohol
  • Chronic diseases

If you have certain chronic conditions, such as kidney disease, sleep apnea, or diabetes, your risk of hypertension increases.

How does my doctor diagnose hypertension?

To determine if you have hypertension, your primary care specialist wraps a blood pressure cuff around your arm and uses a stethoscope or blood pressure machine to produce a reading. The procedure is simple, fast, and painless. 

Your provider might recommend you undergo urine tests, blood tests, heart function tests, or imaging procedures to detect or rule out additional health problems.

What are common treatments for high blood pressure?

Common treatments for high blood pressure, depending on how high your levels are, include:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that help reduce hypertension naturally include weight loss if you’re overweight, eating more fruits and vegetables, limiting your sodium intake, getting regular exercise, limiting alcohol, and not smoking. Managing stress and monitoring blood pressure at home can also help.

Medications

Taking certain medications can reduce high blood pressure if lifestyle changes haven’t worked or blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels. Take all medications as directed by your doctor and attend follow-up visits to ensure your treatment works properly. 

To get screened or treated for hypertension, call the Integrated Premier Group Specialty office or book an appointment online today.

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