High Blood Pressure Specialist

Colorado Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Specialists located in Denver, CO

One in every three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure), and as a result, an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The highly trained doctors at Colorado Family Medicine in Denver, Colorado, treat men and women with high blood pressure so they can help reduce your risk of experiencing a life-threatening heart attack or stroke. If you're concerned about managing or preventing hypertension, call or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation today, especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve had your blood pressure checked.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) is an all-too-common condition for many Americans in which the long-term force of blood against artery walls causes health problems and heart conditions.

When your heart has to pump a larger amount of blood because it encounters increased resistance in your arteries for prolonged periods, you end up with hypertension. In most cases of high blood pressure, your arteries narrow, forcing your heart to work harder to circulate blood throughout your entire body.

Hypertension usually develops over the course of several years, and it’s common not to experience warning signs or symptoms until it's too late. The only means to monitor your blood pressure and ensure it's within a safe range is through routine exams and blood pressure checks. That’s why routine checkups and preventive efforts are so important.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Many adults don’t experience any symptoms related to high blood pressure until it reaches a dangerously high level, and even then, you may not notice. Some men and women get headaches, nosebleeds, or shortness of breath, but these rarely occur until your blood pressure reaches a life-threatening level.

The best way to prevent complications or a life-threatening situation is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis for any signs that there’s a problem. The compassionate, knowledgeable medical team at Colorado Family Medicine works with you to develop a health plan to keep your blood pressure in check.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

Hypertension has many different risk factors, many of which can be controlled through a combination of diet, exercise, and medication. Some risk factors are:

  • Over age 45 for men and over 65 for women
  • Family history/heredity
  • Ethnicity
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • High-sodium diet
  • Low-potassium diet
  • Lack of vitamin D
  • High-stress levels over prolonged periods
  • Consuming too much alcohol on a regular basis
  • Some chronic conditions
  • Pregnancy, although usually temporary

What are the treatment options for hypertension?

Ideally, you want your blood pressure to remain below the normal range of 120/80. Treatment may include making changes to your diet, becoming more active, quitting smoking, and taking medications that help control high blood pressure. The doctors at Colorado Family Medicine take your overall health, lifestyle, and many other concerns into consideration to create an individual preventive or treatment plan that works for you.