High Blood Pressure Specialist

Virtue Medical

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Lee’s Summit, MO

Fluctuations of your blood pressure are normal according to the amount of activity you get throughout the day. However, consistently high blood pressure can put you at high risk for a variety of health problems, including heart attack and stroke. With a membership at Virtue Medical in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, you can get regular blood pressure measuring from Chad Sharky, DO, and his team as well as treatments to lower your blood pressure. Book your appointment by phone or online at Virtue Medical today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a chronic condition that is also commonly known as hypertension. Your blood pressure refers to the amount of force that your blood puts on the walls of your blood vessels as your heart pumps it through them. 

Although your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day for various reasons, prolonged high blood pressure is harmful to your health. The team at Virtue Medical measures your blood pressure at every visit, including your annual physical examinations to monitor it because high blood pressure usually comes without symptoms. 

Since high blood pressure doesn’t typically cause symptoms, it’s possible to go for a very long time, even years, without knowing of your high blood pressure. Eventually, it can lead to additional health complications.

What causes high blood pressure?

A great number of factors can contribute to the rising of your blood pressure. They include your genetics, your personal habits and lifestyle, and other health conditions that you already have. Depending on the main cause or causes of your high blood pressure, you might have:

Primary hypertension

Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that isn’t associated with another health condition or disease. It develops gradually without having just one specific cause. 

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension develops as an effect of another condition or disease. Kidney problems, sleep apnea, and certain medications are some of the many causes of secondary hypertension.

High blood pressure often develops as a result of the buildup of plaque along the walls of your blood vessels, which constricts them and makes it harder for your blood to flow through them freely. 

What are the long-term effects of high blood pressure?

If you don’t make healthy changes or take medications to address your high blood pressure, the effects can be detrimental to your health. Over time, high blood pressure can hurt certain organs and systems. A few of the many potential health effects of high blood pressure are:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Decline in cognitive function and dementia
  • Aneurysm
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Kidney problems
  • Vision problems

The Virtue Medical team can help you prevent complications like these and manage them if they occur. 

How is high blood pressure treated?

Virtue Medical specializes in blood pressure management and the prevention of health complications associated with high blood pressure. To lower your blood pressure effectively, you may need to:

  • Lower the salt in your diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid or reduce smoking and alcohol
  • Lose weight
  • Take medications

In many cases, high blood pressure is treatable without the need for any medications. If medications are necessary as part of your treatment, your provider monitors you as you take them to make sure they’re effective. As a member, you can access telemedicine appointments or home visits to check in with your providers.

High blood pressure is nearly impossible to identify on your own. To check your blood pressure or receive treatment for your high blood pressure, call Virtue Medical, or book an appointment online today.