Hypertension Specialist

Right Path Family Practice

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

About one out of three adults in the United States (or about 75 million people) have hypertension. The family medicine providers at Right Path Family Practice in San Antonio, Texas, help people of all ages manage hypertension and reduce the risk of heart disease. To learn more about how to prevent and control hypertension, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Hypertension

What is hypertension?

Also called high blood pressure, hypertension is a common and potentially dangerous medical condition. Blood pressure is a measurement of the force of blood as it pushes against the walls of your arteries, which are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to other parts of your body.

When your blood pressure is too high, it can damage the walls of your arteries enough to cause serious health problems, such as heart disease.


What causes hypertension?

In some cases, hypertension occurs on its own. Other times, another medical condition causes it, such as diabetes. Certain factors may increase your risk of developing hypertension, such as:

  • A family history of hypertension
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not being physically active
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco

Other factors, such as stress or eating an unhealthy diet that’s too high in sodium and low in potassium, may also contribute to hypertension.


What problems can hypertension lead to?

Without treatment, hypertension can damage your blood vessels and other organs in your body, including your heart and brain. Complications of uncontrolled hypertension include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Aneurysm
  • Kidney disease

The highly experienced family medicine doctors at Right Path Family Practice offer individualized treatment to help you get your blood pressure under control.


How is hypertension diagnosed and treated?

Hypertension typically causes no symptoms until significant damage has already occurred. The best way to find out if you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure measured.

The team at Right Path Family Practice measures your blood pressure at every appointment, including your annual wellness visit. If they find your blood pressure is elevated, they may recommend you return for follow-up measurements over the course of several weeks.

If your blood pressure readings are consistently high, they recommend the best steps to take to get your blood pressure to a healthy range. This may include:

  • Lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising
  • Medications to reduce blood pressure
  • Monitoring your blood pressure at home

Together, you and your provider at Right Path Family Practice can manage your blood pressure to help you achieve a healthier and happier life. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.