If you need help managing your high blood pressure in Philadelphia, turn to the leaders in integrative cardiovascular care at Corrielus Cardiology. According to the CDC, nearly one third of adults over age 20 have hypertension. Hypertension is defined as high blood pressure that registers over 140/90 mmHg. If left unchecked, your high blood pressure can put you at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. While an existing condition or certain medication can cause high blood pressure, hypertension is commonly a result of a high sodium diet and sedentary lifestyle. At Corrielus Cardiology, we specialize in restoring your heart health using a collaborative, non-invasive approach to support your overall well-being. Our practice is equipped with an experienced cardiologist who can diagnose, manage and treat hypertension as well as other heart-related conditions.
Symptoms & Causes of High Blood Pressure
When high blood pressure is not caused by an underlying medical condition, such as kidney disease, it is considered to be primary hypertension. This type of hypertension is typically a direct result of lifestyle factors that you can control, such as physical inactivity, a high salt diet as well as tobacco and alcohol use.
In most cases, hypertension itself does not produce symptoms. Some patients, however, can experience headaches, fatigue, leg swelling or a rushing sensation in their ears if their blood pressure is especially high. It is important to note that over the long-term, hypertension can cause restriction within the blood vessels and produce heart-related symptoms such as chest pain.
Treatment of Hypertension
Identifying the cause of your hypertension is the first step in treating your condition. We strongly value the importance of making lifestyle changes in order to treat primary high blood pressure and reduce the risk of future heart failure. It is important to maintain a lifestyle that includes a salt-restricted diet, moderation of alcohol, regular exercise and stress management. Dr. Corrielus will also take the time to explain other risk factors that are specific to you, which may involve a genetic predisposition to hypertension, hormone therapy, sleep apnea, etc. In most cases, high blood pressure is very responsive to non-invasive treatments such as lifestyle modifications and medication.
Contact Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia today to learn more about how we can treat your high blood pressure and protect your future health.