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Hypertension Specialists

First Care Medical Clinic -  - Family Practice

First Care Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Charlotte, Albemarle, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC

Hypertension is a serious health problem that affects an estimated 75 million American adults, nearly one-third of the nation’s population. At First Care Medical Clinic, with five North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and two offices in Charlotte, as well as a clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the expert medical team offers screenings, diagnostics, and comprehensive care if you have hypertension. If you would like to learn more, or are looking for a new approach to managing your hypertension, schedule a consultation today by calling any office or using the online scheduling tool.

Hypertension Q & A

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is an incredibly common condition that can have wide-ranging adverse health effects. To understand hypertension, it helps to consider how your body circulates blood.

Every time your heart beats it pumps blood through your arteries and into smaller blood vessels throughout your body. That action places force against the walls of your blood vessels, and the pressure changes as your heartbeat pulses. 

The pressure from blood as it’s pumped through your heart is your systolic pressure and the pressure as your heart rests between beats is your diastolic pressure. Optimal blood pressure is below 120/80, while doctors diagnose hypertension if your reading is greater than 130/80. 

What Causes Hypertension?

Several things can cause hypertension, some of which you can control and others you cannot. Here are some of the more common causes:

  • Diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetics

Your risk level increases as you age and your ethnicity may also elevate your risk. 

What are the Risks Associated with Hypertension?

Hypertension is a serious health matter and can lead to several harmful outcomes, including:

  • Heart failure or heart attack
  • Aneurysm
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Sexual dysfunction

Having routine health screenings and blood pressure readings at First Care Medical Clinic is critical. Taking a proactive stance in addressing hypertension can greatly reduce your risk of these outcomes. 

How is Hypertension Treated?

There is no single treatment path for hypertension. Instead, your provider from First Care Medical Clinic creates a hypertension management plan to meet your specific needs and goals. 

Lifestyle modifications are an essential part of lowering your blood pressure. Your hypertension management plan may include:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Improving your diet
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol
  • Decreasing your sodium intake

Certain medications can help control your blood pressure, too. But in most cases, your provider at First Care Medical Clinic only prescribes medications if lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough. Your doctor can work with you to determine if medication is the right path for you and monitor your health on a regular basis to ensure that medications are effective.

Find out more by scheduling an appointment at First Care Medical Clinic today to begin your personalized hypertension management plan. Book online or over the phone with any clinic.