What Is Hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, makes the heart work harder than it should by using excessive force to push the blood against artery walls. If the systolic pressure (the force made when the heart pumps blood out and into the arteries) or the diastolic pressure (the force created as the heart rests after each beat) are too high, internal tissue can become damaged, causing problems for the arteries and heart. High blood pressure can also damage your kidneys, brain, and eyes.
Symptoms of Hypertension
- Blood in urine
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
How Treatment Works for Hypertension
Your path to better health happens with four steps:
- Health Assessment
To determine if you have hypertension, your medical provider will use a blood pressure cuff to get a reading of your systolic pressure (force of your heartbeat) and diastolic pressure (pressure in the arteries). Because stress, activity, and other factors can influence your blood pressure numbers, one high reading doesn’t necessarily indicate high blood pressure.After taking into account your lifestyle, weight, and other health factors, your provider may decide to take additional measurements over time before diagnosing high blood pressure.
- Personalized Plan
If your readings reveal high blood pressure, your provider will create a personalized treatment plan targeted to your symptoms, body, and lifestyle, including diet and exercise. Low T Center’s Head of Internal Medicine and Wellness works with your provider to coordinate and refine your treatment plan.
- Treatment Regimen
Your treatment regimen is based on your personalized plan. For some patients with high blood pressure, lifestyle changes (weight loss, reduction in sodium intake, overall healthy diet, smoking cessation, and regular exercise) jump-start the process. If necessary, your provider will prescribe medication (diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, alpha blockers) for high blood pressure treatment. Your provider will continue to monitor your progress with every visit.
- Optimization and Prevention
Once your regimen is underway to address your high blood pressure (or other underlying conditions), your provider will optimize treatment to maximize your health and wellness.
Cost of Hypertension Treatment
Low T Center is in network with most insurance providers. The cost for treating high blood pressure is dependent upon your individual health insurance plan. Patients are responsible for all applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of their plans.
Potential Side Effects of Hypertension Treatment
Side effects from treating hypertension vary according to the method and your physiology. During your visit, your provider will discuss potential side effects and contraindications involved with your hypertension treatment.
Benefits and Results of Hypertension Treatment
By addressing high blood pressure and taking steps to normalize it, patients lower their chances of heart attack and stroke. Adhering to a healthy diet and exercise plan, and avoiding overconsumption of salt and alcohol, contribute to patients’ overall wellness.
Because Low T Center takes a holistic approach to men’s healthcare, our medical professionals can proactively address other conditions you’re currently experiencing, or could experience later on.
Our providers get to know you on a personal level and gather important health data often to assess progress with greater efficiency.
At Low T Center, we focus on treating your high blood pressure so you can live life to the fullest.