Around 75 million adults in the United States have hypertension. Worryingly, at least 11 million of these people have no idea they have it and aren’t seeking medical help. Providers and patients must carefully manage the condition together. Expert family medicine practitioner Kafilat Adewunmi, DO, MBA, at VAMA Medical Health Center in Union, New Jersey, monitors and treats patients with hypertension. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure levels, make an appointment to check it out. Call or use the online booking tool.
Hypertension is the medical name for high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force at which blood pushes against blood vessel walls. When blood pressure is too high, it forces the heart to work harder than it should. Nobody knows the exact cause of hypertension, but medical professionals have explored several factors, including:
Dr. Adewunmi at VAMA Medical Health Center assesses your lifestyle and family medical history to determine your risk of developing hypertension.
The challenge with high blood pressure is that, often, symptoms won’t present until levels are too high, which is why it’s so important for Dr. Adewunmi to monitor your blood pressure at each appointment.
Some people experience nose bleeds, heart palpitations, or dizziness when they have hypertension, but not everyone does. Just because you don’t experience these symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have hypertension. And having them doesn’t always mean that you do.
The only certain way of knowing if you have hypertension is for Dr. Adewunmi to conduct a blood pressure test. She places a cuff around your arm and inflates it until it momentarily cuts off the blood supply to the artery. This allows her to measure your systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. It’s entirely painless and takes 2-3 minutes.
Dr. Adewunmi tests your blood pressure levels at every physical and any other appointment to catch any changes at the earliest opportunity.
The best way of treating hypertension is to focus on lifestyle changes that will lower your blood pressure. If, after 3-6 months, there’s no change in blood pressure levels, Dr. Adewunmi explores your medical options.
Lifestyle changes can include losing weight, cutting out alcohol, and quitting smoking. Dr. Adewunmi recommends exercising for at least 30 minutes a day and making dietary changes, like avoiding salty foods, refined sugars, unhealthy fats, and processed foods. Relieving stress also has a positive effect.
Hypertension medication includes beta-blockers, diuretics, and vasodilators. Depending on your medical history and symptoms, you may need medicine to block the enzyme that raises blood pressure, flush out sodium, or relax and widen the blood vessels. Dr. Adewunmi decides which medication is best for you based on your medical history and lifestyle.
Don’t ignore hypertension. By catching and treating it early, you can continue to do the activities you love. Dr. Adewunmi supports you through your hypertension treatment plan, getting you back to a healthier you. Call VAMA Medical Health Center today and make your appointment, or book through the website.