Hypertension Services Offered In Irving, TX

Hypertension is one of the most serious chronic health conditions you can develop, and finding ways to control high blood pressure is essential. Vcare is a highly skilled team of experienced physicians and clinical staff with advanced training in managing hypertension. Book a visit online or by phone today to learn more.

Hypertension Q&A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is the medical term that refers to high blood pressure. It’s also sometimes referred to as a “silent killer” because the first sign you have high blood pressure might be a serious or even deadly health condition.

To understand hypertension, it helps to envision how your body moves blood throughout your system. Each heartbeat serves to pump blood into your arteries. This pumping action creates a force on the arterial walls.

The force created during heartbeats is your systolic blood pressure, and the power present in the pause between heartbeats is your diastolic blood pressure. These readings are charted as systolic/diastolic.

Blood pressure below 120/80 is considered normal. Once your blood pressure rises above 130/80, you have the first stage of hypertension and should take steps to bring your readings down to a healthy level.

As your blood pressure rises, the risk of serious health consequences also increases. Vcare offers blood pressure screening as part of every preventive health visit to help you know your readings and help manage your health. 

It’s difficult to overstate the damage that high blood pressure causes. It can negatively affect virtually every organ and system in your body.

 Some of the health risks linked to hypertension include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Dementia

These are just a few of the health problems you can encounter if your blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels.

Medications can help reduce your blood pressure, especially if you have very high readings.

Some drugs help relax your arterial walls and make blood flow easier. Others work to remove water and sodium from your body or slow your heart rate. It often takes a combination of medications to achieve optimal results and a period of time to find the proper treatment.

Making meaningful changes to your daily habits can do wonders to improve your blood pressure readings. For example, include more fruit and vegetables in your daily diet and avoid highly processed foods. You should also explore ways to get more exercise, even if it’s only for short periods each day.

When you’re ready to take action to control blood pressure, call Vcare to schedule a visit. You can also book online, which takes just moments to complete.