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High Blood Pressure

Family Care

Family Medicine located in Davenport, FL & Poinciana, FL

Blood pressure ensures the proper circulation of blood throughout the body. High blood pressure affects 75 million Americans every year. Based in both Davenport and Poinciana, Florida, Family Care is committed to helping their patients regain control of their blood pressure. Contact Dr. Maria Concepcion, Dr. Retta Skinner, NP, or Dr. Marygold Fernandez to learn more about what you can do to keep your blood pressure healthy.

High Blood Pressure Q&A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be understood through a simple analogy: imagine rising air pressure levels in a car tire. If the air pressure is too high, your car will bounce along the road. The same happens in your veins.

When your blood circulates too fast through your body, it slams against the artery walls and, as a result, damages them along the way.

Each day, your blood pressure will be different, but maintaining consistently high blood pressure can cause many health complications.

What causes high blood pressure?

Many factors contribute to high blood pressure, though the exact cause has yet to be determined.

As is the case with many other conditions, high blood pressure is most frequently caused by a combination of genetics and age, since the older you get, the narrower and stiffer your arteries get.

You might also experience high blood pressure if you do not maintain a healthy diet, suffer from obesity, and consume an excessive amount of tobacco and alcohol.  

In other cases, high blood pressure develops in people with pre-existing health conditions, like diabetes, high cholesterol, and various cardiovascular diseases.

In some cases, other diseases directly cause high blood pressure, like some rare kidney diseases or hormone imbalances. The team at Family Care is dedicated to understanding the root of your high blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is unfortunately known as the “silent killer,” which means that you might start noticing symptoms when it’s too late — or you might not notice symptoms at all. However, if you have high blood pressure, you might exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain and severe headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vision issues
  • Bloody urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme sweating and anxiety

Family Care doesn’t just fix your symptoms. The team is committed to eliminating both symptoms and long-term consequences.

How do you treat high blood pressure?

Preventive treatment is the most crucial type of treatment for high blood pressure, as it can lead to life-threatening complications, such as strokes, heart attacks, and kidney failure.

Your practitioner at Family Care helps you craft the most comprehensive lifestyle regimen, with a good balance of diet and exercise. The less salt and alcohol you consume, the higher your chances of maintaining regular blood pressure.

If you feel that you might be suffering from high blood pressure or want to learn more information about the ways you can avoid it, contact Family Care either online or by phone to schedule a consultation.