Hypertension

Edward  A.  Kelly Jr., MD -  - Family Medicine

Downingtown Family Practice

Edward A. Kelly Jr., MD

Family Medicine located in Downington, PA

Healthy blood pressure is integral for the smooth circulation of blood throughout the body, but seventy-five million Americans suffer from hypertension. Downingtown Family Practice serves the Downingtown, Pennsylvania by helping them keep their blood pressure stable with comprehensive and expert care. Call Dr. Edward A. Kelly Jr. at Downingtown Family Practice or book an appointment online to learn more about what you can do to prevent hypertension.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

What happens when the air pressure is too high in a tire? Your vehicle will bounce along the road. Hypertension functions similarly.

Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension occurs when your blood is circulating with too much intensity through your body, slamming against the artery walls and damaging them in the process.

Your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day, but consistently high blood pressure can cause many dangerous health complications.

What causes hypertension?

The cause of hypertension is as of yet undetermined, though many factors might make you more susceptible to it than others:

  • Genetics: You are more likely to have high blood pressure if other members of your family also suffer from it.
  • Excessive alcohol and tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Age: The older you are, the higher the chances of your arteries becoming stiff and narrow.
  • Existing health conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease

In rare cases, abnormal kidney diseases and hormonal imbalances cause hypertension. Downingtown Family Practice provides expert diagnostic care to locate these often curable issues.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Hypertension is known as the “silent killer,” meaning that it barely has any noticeable symptoms. You might not know you have high blood pressure until a doctor tells you. If your blood pressure is extremely high, you might experience the following symptoms:

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

Downingtown Family Practice systematically scans for high blood pressure to prevent any repercussions and to help you develop a lifestyle that keeps your blood pressure normal.

How do you treat hypertension?

Because hypertension can lead to more severe complications, like strokes, heart attacks, and kidney failure, preventive treatment is vital. A healthy diet with low salt intake, moderate alcohol consumption, and regular exercise can work wonders.

Downingtown Family Practice offers real solutions to regulate and reduce the chances of high blood pressure by developing a specialized plan that makes the most sense for your lifestyle.  

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

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