Hypertension Specialist

CFP Physicians Group -  - Family Physician

CFP Physicians Group

Family Physicians & Geriatrics located in Casselberry, FL

Nearly one in three adults in the US have hypertension (high blood pressure), and only half of them have well-controlled high blood pressure. Hypertension is easily treatable, but can be deadly if left untreated. At CFP Physicians Group in Casselberry, Florida, the experienced family physicians treat high blood pressure with medications, diet, and healthy lifestyle changes to restore your health and lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Schedule a high blood pressure screening at CFP Physicians Group today, or use the online scheduler.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is high blood pressure that occurs when the force of your blood against artery walls is too high. Over time, uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. That’s why routine blood pressure screenings and prompt treatment are crucial.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Hypertension usually has no symptoms. If you do experience symptoms, such as nosebleeds or shortness of breath, your blood pressure has probably reached a severe or life-threatening stage. 

To diagnose high blood pressure, your physician uses a blood pressure cuff attached to a stethoscope or blood pressure machine during two separate appointments.

What causes high blood pressure?

Various factors increase your risk of hypertension, and many of them are preventable. High blood pressure risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not getting regular exercise
  • Older age
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Being African American
  • Smoking
  • A high-sodium or low-potassium diet
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Certain chronic diseases
  • Chronic stress

Your doctor lets you know how often to get screened for high blood pressure based on your risk factors and past blood pressure readings.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Your family physician reviews your medical history and completes an exam to determine if you have high blood pressure or other chronic disease risk factors. They discuss treatment options with you, which might include:

Dietary changes

Eating a nutritious diet is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure naturally. Your provider works with you to create a blood pressure-lowering diet that’s rich in potassium and low in sodium.

Weight loss

Losing weight is another effective way to lower blood pressure. Talk with your doctor about medical weight loss using weight loss medications, healthy meal plans, or both.

Other healthy habits

Additional healthy habits may lower blood pressure without medication. Get regular exercise, limit or avoid alcohol, don’t smoke, and try stress-relieving techniques – such as yoga, massage therapy, and breathing exercises.

Medications

If diet and lifestyle changes haven’t worked or your blood pressure is dangerously high, your provider prescribes oral blood pressure-lowering medications to get your levels within a normal, healthy range.

Don’t let high blood pressure go untreated. Call CFP Physicians Group to schedule a blood pressure screening, or use the online booking tool today.