Hypertension Specialist

Family Practice Associates

Family Practice & General Practitioners located in Broomfield, CO

Hypertension is the principal risk factor for death and disability across the world, but of the one-third of American adults who suffer from this potentially dangerous condition, many don't even know they have high blood pressure. Pamela Abrams, MD, and the professional medical team at Family Practice Associates, PC, in Broomfield, Colorado, can get your blood pressure back on track with preventive care and blood pressure screenings. If you're due for a preventive care visit, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.

Hypertension

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, means the force of blood pumping through your blood vessels is consistently too high. This force may damage the lining of your blood vessels over time and has the potential to cause serious health problems such as heart disease.

One of the reasons hypertension is so dangerous is that it often doesn’t present symptoms until your blood pressure is high enough to be considered a medical emergency. You can have hypertension for years without even knowing it, which is why it’s sometimes called “the silent killer.”

The best way to find out if you have hypertension is to get preventive blood pressure screenings at Family Practice Associates.

What are the risk factors for hypertension?

Hypertension can affect anyone, but specific factors and lifestyle habits can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Risk factors for hypertension include:

  • Being older than 60
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Eating a diet too high in sodium or too low in potassium
  • Having a family history of high blood pressure
  • Stress

What are possible complications of hypertension?

Consistently elevated blood pressure can damage your body and lead to serious complications, including:

  • Stroke
  • Aneurysms
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Eye damage
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cognitive difficulties, such as memory loss

How is hypertension diagnosed and treated?

Your provider at Family Practice Associates quickly and easily checks your blood pressure during every visit. If they notice your blood pressure is too high, they may ask you to schedule several appointments at various points in the near future to track changes in your blood pressure over time.

If your blood pressure is consistently too high, they may diagnose hypertension. Once the team at Family Practice Associates determines the severity of your high blood pressure, they discuss the best treatment plan for you. This may include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Healthy eating
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Managing and coping with stress
  • Taking blood pressure medicines

If your hypertension condition is severe, or doesn’t improve with treatment, they may refer you to a cardiologist.

To schedule your blood pressure screening, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.