Hypertension Diagnosis and Management in Castle Rock

Hypertension

Hypertension Treatment

Founders Family Medicine provides accurate diagnosis and treatment for hypertension. We offer care for patients of all ages.

To schedule your visit, call 303-688-8666.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is high blood pressure.

Blood pressure measures the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels. Both the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to the blood flow in your arteries determines a patient’s blood pressure.

More blood pumping into a smaller space increases blood pressure leading to hypertension. Over time, increased blood pressure causes health problems and requires medical treatment.

Blood Pressure Categories

Typically, when you visit your physician for any reason, you receive a blood pressure reading. Your blood pressure falls within specific categories to allow your healthcare team to track and treat you accurately.

  • Normal blood pressure – Blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg.
  • Elevated blood pressure – Elevated blood pressure includes a systolic pressure from 120 to 129 mm Hg and a diastolic pressure below 80 mm Hg.
  • Stage 1 hypertension – A systolic pressure between 130 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure ranging from 80 to 89 mm Hg.
  • Stage 2 hypertension – A systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher.
  • Hypertensive crisis – Blood pressure higher than 180/120 mm Hg.

Any category outside of the normal range is hypertension. Until the patient acts to address hypertension, the condition usually worsens. Left untreated, elevated blood pressure can transition into more serious categories.

Common Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Often, patients with hypertension show no symptoms. Yet, high blood pressure is a problem that can cause damage to your body. It’s important to keep a check on blood pressure, especially if you’ve had high blood pressure measurements in the past.

Symptoms Sometimes Occur with Severe Hypertension

  • Headache
  • Nosebleeds
  • Vision Issues
  • Chest Pain
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Fatigue

Don’t wait until you experience the symptoms associated with severe hypertension. Schedule annual, preventative health checks to monitor blood pressure.

Risk Factors for Hypertension

For some patients, there is no distinguishable cause for their hypertension. However, many patients have one or more risk factors tied to high blood pressure.

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Stationary lifestyle
  • Diet high in sodium
  • Heavy drinking of alcohol
  • Tobacco use
  • Stress

Diagnosing and Treating Hypertension

To diagnose high blood pressure the physician typically takes two readings at two separate appointments to confirm the diagnosis. In addition, your healthcare provider may recommend blood tests to check for underlying conditions.

Treatments for hypertension include prescription medication to manage the condition. Some patients need more than one type of medication to treat high blood pressure.

Lifestyle changes also help manage hypertension and decrease blood pressure. Many patients experience positive results with weight loss and obesity treatment. Other options include a heart-healthy diet, exercise, stopping smoking, reduced sodium intake, limiting alcohol, and reducing stress.

High Blood Pressure Pediatric Treatment

Over the last few decades, the occurrence of hypertension in children and adolescents has increased. Obesity in pediatric patients has also increased which may be a contributing factor.

Founders Family Medicine offers pediatric care, including diagnosis and treatment for hypertension. Our expert healthcare team specializes in pediatric care.

Hypertension Medical Care You Can Trust in Castle Rock

Founders Family Medicine and Urgent Care offer treatment for high blood pressure at our Castle Rock clinic. We offer both in-clinic and telehealth appointments. However, to receive an accurate blood pressure measurement, we may require an office visit.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.