If you’re one of the 75 million American adults with high blood pressure, you need the specialized care that Matthew J. Markey, MD, PA, provides at his Cumming, Georgia, internal medicine practice. Dr. Markey offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options for controlling your blood pressure, as well as preventive resources if you have a family history of the condition. Learn more about managing your blood pressure by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Blood pressure is a measurement of how much blood passes through your blood vessels and the amount of resistance your vessels offer against it. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a chronic health condition that occurs when your blood pressure is consistently abnormally high.
When your arteries begin to narrow, due to age or underlying medical issues, your blood faces more resistance as it flows through your veins and arteries. Over time, continually high blood pressure levels can result in damage to your heart and other organs.
With primary hypertension, there may not be a specific, identifiable cause; however, factors that may increase your risk for primary hypertension include genetics, an unhealthy lifestyle, or underlying medical conditions.
Secondary hypertension is a condition that can develop quickly and become a bigger health risk than primary hypertension. Common factors that may contribute to high blood pressure include:
Chronic use of illegal drugs or alcohol may also lead to high blood pressure.
In many cases, hypertension doesn’t show symptoms until your blood pressure levels reach life-threatening levels. Dr. Markey often discovers the condition through a blood pressure test during a routine physical.
If your blood pressure levels are elevated, Dr. Markey may schedule follow-up appointments or additional testing, such as an electrocardiogram. He also performs a physical exam to rule out other potential causes of elevated blood pressure.
If an underlying medical issue is responsible for your high blood pressure, Dr. Markey creates a custom treatment plan to treat the underlying condition.
If your blood pressure test still shows abnormal results, Dr. Markey may suggest dietary and lifestyle changes, including exercise and stress reduction techniques. When your blood pressure remains high, you may need daily medications to reduce excess fluids or relax your blood vessels, with the goal of preventing organ damage.
To learn more about effective treatment for hypertension, schedule an appointment online or by calling Dr. Markey’s office directly.