High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure Services Offered In Irving, TX
If you’ve been told you have high blood pressure, you can take action to bring your readings down to healthier levels to take care of your health. The experienced medical practitioners at Vcare offer comprehensive blood pressure screening and treatment for residents in and around Irving, Texas. To learn more, book a visit online or by phone today.
High Blood Pressure Q&A
How do I know if I have high blood pressure?
Checking your blood pressure is part of every physical exam performed at Vcare. The highly skilled medical staff also checks blood pressure during chronic disease management or acute care visits (sick visits).
Many people experience a condition called “white coat syndrome,” which means your blood pressure readings might be higher than usual because of feeling nervous in a medical setting. Even something as simple as rushing to be on time can cause a temporary spike in blood pressure.
Your practitioner might check your blood pressure later in the visit to determine if a high reading was an anomaly. You can ask to have an additional check if you feel like circumstances caused an abnormally high reading.
What causes high blood pressure?
Many different things can cause or contribute to high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. Causes of high blood pressure include:
- Certain medications
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Advanced age
- Chronic kidney disease
- Sleep apnea
Being overweight or obese is a leading cause of high blood pressure. Taking steps to move closer to an ideal weight is a great way to improve your readings.
Should I check my blood pressure at home?
If your practitioner tells you that your blood pressure is too high, you may want to take steps to track it at home. There are many at-home blood pressure monitors on the market to choose from.
Some monitors check your blood pressure using a wrist cuff, while others use an upper arm cuff similar to what’s used during your physical exams. These systems have a computerized device that shows your readings, and some even track results over time.
No matter which type of at-home monitor you choose, you should follow the instructions to ensure you get accurate readings. Be sure to replace the batteries or charge the unit as needed, and you can always bring your device to Vcare to see how closely the results align with professional blood pressure readings.
It’s always a good idea to periodically check your results with a medical professional to get a better overview of your blood pressure over time. Call or click today to get started.