Hypertension Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City

Primary Care Physicians located in Ellicott City, MD

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about 75 million Americans today. Although hypertension can cause stroke, heart failure, and other health crises, it’s a very preventable and controllable condition in most cases. The experienced care providers at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City in Maryland diagnose and treat hypertension effectively so you can enjoy the best health possible. Click online scheduling or call the office to book an appointment now.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is a condition that happens when the force of blood moving against your artery walls is too high. Although it’s normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate, problems occur if your blood pressure is high and remains that way.

Untreated high blood pressure can cause:

  • Enlarged heart
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye damage
  • Brain damage

If you’re diagnosed with hypertension or even elevated blood pressure, it’s important to take steps to lower it now.

What do blood pressure numbers mean?

Your AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City health care provider measures your blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer, also known as a blood pressure cuff. Your blood pressure includes two numbers, systolic and diastolic.

Systolic, the first number, is blood pressure during heartbeats. The other number, diastolic, is the blood pressure between heartbeats. The optimal blood pressure reading is below 120 systolic and below 80, for example, 119/79.

  • Elevated blood pressure: 120-129 systolic and below 80 diastolic
  • Stage one hypertension: 130-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic
  • Stage two hypertension: 140-plus systolic or 90-plus diastolic

If you have elevated blood pressure or either stage of hypertension, you can work with your care provider to avoid further health consequences.

What is the best way to lower my blood pressure?

The best way to lower your blood pressure is collaborating with your care provider at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City. Often, lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure to a healthy range.

If you're struggling with obesity or extra weight, a medically supervised weight-loss program can often help you achieve a healthy weight while also lowering your blood pressure. Of course, eating a healthy diet is essential even after you're at a healthy weight. Your diet will typically include controlled sodium, plenty of fruits and veggies, healthy grains, and lean protein sources.

Other measures you can take include limiting alcoholic beverages, stopping smoking, and exercising regularly.

If you’re not able to reduce your blood pressure with lifestyle changes alone, your care provider can prescribe an oral medication that will help. As long as you’re committed to change, you can get your hypertension under control.

Use online scheduling or call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City to make your appointment for hypertension help now.