Hypertension Management Specialist

Remix Medical

Integrated Medical Practice and Chronic Disease Management Located in Houston, TX

Nearly 30% of adults in Texas have hypertension. When left uncontrolled, hypertension may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The health care specialists at Remix Medical in Houston provide medical treatment options for hypertension to help improve your numbers. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.

Hypertension Management Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, develops when the force of the blood against your artery walls is greater than normal, increasing your risk of health issues. Your blood pressure measurement includes two numbers:

  • Systolic: Top number, measuring force during your heartbeat
  • Diastolic: Bottom number, measuring force in between beats

Hypertension is categorized based on the measurement of these two numbers:

  • Elevated blood pressure: 120 to 129/80 mmHg
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 130 to 139/80 to 89 mmHg
  • Stage 2 hypertension: 140 or greater/90 or greater mmHg

Most people develop hypertension gradually without any underlying cause, which is referred to as primary hypertension.

What is secondary hypertension?

Secondary hypertension refers to elevated blood pressure caused by an underlying illness. Some common causes of secondary hypertension include:

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Thyroid problems
  • Aldosteronism, too much of the hormone aldosterone

Poorly controlled diabetes can also cause you to develop hypertension.

How is hypertension managed?

You may be able to significantly improve your blood pressure by making a few lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet or getting more exercise. Losing weight can also improve your blood pressure.

If you can’t get control over your blood pressure with a healthy diet and exercise program, your health care specialist at Remix Medical may recommend medication in addition to your lifestyle changes. Common medications used to manage hypertension include:

  • Diuretics
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Beta blockers

While lifestyle changes can improve your blood pressure if you have secondary hypertension, medication may also be necessary to further improve your blood pressure and prevent further complications.

What are the complications of hypertension?

If left uncontrolled, hypertension increases your risk of other illnesses. Common complications related to hypertension include:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Dementia

Hypertension is often referred to as the silent killer because it develops without symptoms. Getting your blood pressure checked at your annual physical at Remix Medical will help you stay on top of your health and your blood pressure.

For hypertension management, call Remix Medical or schedule an appointment online.