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Hypertension Management

Dr. Brinley Medical Group

Hypertension Management

Treatment from the inside out is necessary when struggling with hypertension. It has to be properly managed or you could be at risk of a more serious health issue.

Dr. Brinley offers an extensive skill set and client education regarding blood pressure management. She offers a combination of treatment options including diet plans, exercise regiments, and medication titration. With her whole body package, you can live your best life while receiving regular check-ups and treatment.

What is Hypertension?

Most commonly, hypertension is referred to as high blood pressure. It’s a very common health issue suffered by about 75 million Americans.

Hypertension may have serious health consequences without proper management and routine blood pressure screenings.

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What is Blood Pressure?

A term most people are familiar with, blood pressure is the amount of pressure put on the walls of your arteries. There are two types of blood pressure: systolic and diastolic. Systolic pressure is the amount of pressure created by each heartbeat in your body, while diastolic pressure is the amount of pressure created between heartbeats.

New guidelines suggest a blood pressure measured at or below 140/90 is considered to be goal as long as no other co morbidities. If a client has dual diagnosis of hypertension with diabetes or kidney disease, Dr. Brinley may require a tighter control of blood pressure.

What causes Hypertension?

Hypertension may be caused by a number of factors with the most common being lack of exercise and a poor diet. Foods high in sodium have the ability to cause elevated blood pressure. Living a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of hypertension as well as certain substance abuse, sleep apnea and atherosclerosis.

Other common factors leading to hypertension include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Drug use
  • Unmanaged stress
  • Cardiovascular disease

Those over the age of 60 are at a higher risk of developing hypertension.

How is Hypertension Diagnosed?

The most common way to diagnose hypertension is with a blood pressure cuff. Your blood pressure will be taken in your arm or ankle, which will show whether it’s high, low, or at a normal level. Often, high blood pressure causes few or no symptoms until it causes serious health issues, such as end-organ damage. It’s necessary to receive regular screenings to ensure you’re not suffering from hypertension.

How is Hypertension Managed?

Hypertension management includes medication, diet, and exercise. In some circumstances, lifestyle changes to promote weight loss will be a part of the management program. In addition, quitting smoking, cutting back on sodium, and drinking less alcohol or avoiding particular substance can help lower blood pressure. When lifestyle changes aren’t effective, medication may be used to help return blood pressure to normal levels. Getting screened regularly will ensure the hypertension management plan is working and can be modified as necessary. Dr. Brinley provides expert hypertension management. As a medical doctor serving the Beverly Hills and Greater LA area, Dr. Brinley offers the right treatment for each individual’s needs. Whether you already know you suffer from hypertension or you need to be screened, call Dr. Brinley to schedule your appointment today.