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High Blood Pressure Treatment Specialist

Patricia Edwards, PA-C -  - Family Medicine

East Texas Family Care

Patricia Edwards, PA-C

Family Medicine & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapist located in Palestine, TX

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a common problem for many adults. If you’re at risk of high blood pressure or have been diagnosed with it previously, it’s important to manage your symptoms. Skilled physician assistant Patricia Edwards, PA-C, and her team offer treatments that reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or other serious complications at East Texas Family Care. To schedule an appointment for high blood pressure treatment, call the office in Palestine, Texas, or book online today.

High Blood Pressure Treatment Q & A

What is high blood pressure treatment?

High blood pressure treatment (also known as hypertension treatment) at East Texas Family Care uses medications and lifestyle changes to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of complications. 

Hypertension occurs when the pressure inside blood vessels walls is too high. A variety of factors can cause high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment are important to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.

Does high blood pressure cause any symptoms?

Most of the time if you have high blood pressure, you won't experience any symptoms. If your blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels, you could have shortness of breath, headaches, or nosebleeds.

Complications linked with untreated high blood pressure may include a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, an aneurysm, weak or narrowed blood vessels, and memory problems. If you’re at risk of developing high blood pressure, routine screening can save your life.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

Common risk factors for developing high blood pressure include:

  • Aging
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Stress 
  • Too much sodium in your diet
  • Too little potassium in your diet 
  • Some chronic diseases

Conditions associated with high blood pressure include kidney disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, and sometimes pregnancy.

Do I need high blood pressure treatment?

To find out if you have high blood pressure or other heart disease risk factors, Mrs. Edwards reviews your symptoms and medical history. She checks your pulse and blood pressure by placing a blood pressure cuff around your upper arm and using a stethoscope or blood pressure machine.

Mrs. Edwards may also recommend blood tests and heart-function tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG) or an echocardiogram, to detect or rule out additional medical problems. 

What happens during high blood pressure treatment?

The most common high blood pressure treatments are making healthy lifestyle changes and taking medications. Mrs. Edwards at East Texas Family Care personalizes each treatment plan to match your needs. 

They may suggest weight loss, eating more fruits and vegetables, limiting sodium in your diet, and getting more exercise. It’s also important to reduce your intake of animal fats, limit alcohol and quit smoking, as well as manage stress. Mrs. Edwards recommends checking your blood pressure at home to ensure your treatment is working.

To schedule an appointment for high blood pressure treatment with East Texas Family Care, call the office in Palestine, Texas, or book online today.