High Blood Pressure Treatment and Monitoring at First Care in Naples, FL
High blood pressure treatment may be recommended if you are diagnosed with hypertension. If you’d like to have your blood pressure checked, you can stop by the First Care walk in clinic in Naples, FL. We always welcome walk-ins, and we offer this service at no cost.
Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the artery walls as the heart pumps. Healthy blood pressure ranges up to 120/80 mm Hg. The first number represents the pressure exerted when the heart pushes blood out to the rest of the body (systolic pressure), and the second number indicates the pressure exerted when the heart rests between beats (diastolic pressure). If your blood pressure is found to be high, a healthcare provider at First Care in Naples, Florida, may recommend follow-up checks. If repeated tests confirm that your blood pressure is consistently higher than 140/90 mm Hg, you may be diagnosed with hypertension.
High blood pressure treatment is important because hypertension can lead to several serious health conditions, including heart attacks and strokes. Here’s why:
- The heart is forced to work harder to pump blood throughout the body.
- Over time, excess force and friction can damage the delicate tissues inside the arteries.
- As the arteries become damaged, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can form plaque along tiny tears in the artery walls (a condition known as atherosclerosis).
- As plaque accumulates, the arteries become increasingly narrower, further raising the blood pressure and continuing a vicious circle that progressively harms the arteries and heart, and ultimately the rest of the body.
If your blood pressure is only slightly higher than normal (a condition known as prehypertension), you may be able to reduce it without medication. For instance, dietary changes, exercise, smoking cessation, and weight loss can be very effective for this purpose. However, if positive lifestyle changes do not lower your blood pressure sufficiently, a physician at First Care may prescribe one or more medications, such as diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, or vasodilators. Proper treatment can control your blood pressure and help prevent cardiovascular disease and other complications. Read more about Primary Care in Naples.
If you’d like more information, you can contact the experienced team of medical professionals providing primary care and urgent care in Naples, FL. We can check your blood pressure, help you assess your personal risk level for heart disease, and develop a personalized high blood pressure treatment plan for you, if necessary – and you won’t need a referral or an appointment to meet with us.