High Blood Pressure Specialist

Optimal Health of Southern Oregon

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Grants Pass, OR

Nearly one-third of adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Optimal Health of Southern Oregon in Grants Pass, Oregon, offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure to prevent additional health complications. The expert staff provides in-office evaluations and treatment plans that focus on treating the whole body to reduce blood pressure and enhance overall health. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to discuss high-blood-pressure treatment options.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition where the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries is high enough to cause additional health complications, such as heart disease. The narrower your arteries are, the higher your blood pressure is.

There are two types of high blood pressure. In primary hypertension, there isn’t a specific cause for the condition, which develops gradually over time.

In secondary hypertension, your high blood-pressure level is the result of an underlying medical condition, such as:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Thyroid disorders

Use of certain medications, including over-the-counter cold medications and birth-control pills, can increase your blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Unfortunately, high blood pressure is known as a silent killer because many people have no symptoms of the condition until other health complications develop.

Your provider at Optimal Health of Southern Oregon often detects high blood pressure during routine health checkups. They use a blood-pressure cuff to evaluate the force of your blood as it moves through your body.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

You could be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure if you’re over 65 or have a family history of the condition. Other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Using tobacco
  • Eating a high-salt diet
  • Experiencing high levels of stress

High blood pressure can also result from frequent and heavy alcohol consumption.

What treatments are available for high blood pressure?

Your provider reviews your medical history and discusses your lifestyle habits and diet. Initially, they could recommend making changes to the foods you eat and increasing your physical activity each day to reduce your blood pressure naturally.

High blood pressure resulting from obesity usually requires a medically supervised weight-loss program. Optimal Health of Southern Oregon provides nutritional counseling and weight-management resources to help you drop the extra pounds and better control your blood pressure.

If you smoke, they can provide resources to help you successfully quit. They can also offer guidance to limit your alcohol intake.

If you need additional help managing your blood pressure, your provider at Optimal Health of Southern Oregon can prescribe medications to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow throughout your body.

Find out more about managing blood pressure by calling our office today.