More than 100 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many of them don’t have it under control. The team of board-certified physicians at Mez, Tan, & Sarante in Eldersburg, Maryland, helps adult patients prevent and manage high blood pressure. Call the office or book an appointment online today to find out if you have high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force of blood on the walls of your arteries, which are the vessels that carry oxygenated blood from your heart. When your blood pressure is too high for a long period of time, it damages your blood vessels and increases your risk for serious complications like heart disease and stroke.
Also called hypertension, high blood pressure usually develops over many years. Fortunately, the team at Mez, Tan, & Sarante can easily detect hypertension by measuring your blood pressure at routine check-ups.
Sometimes, high blood pressure develops without any identifiable cause. In other cases, high blood pressure may be due to an underlying medical condition, such as:
Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications, including birth control pills and decongestants, may also cause high blood pressure.
Many people have high blood pressure for years without any noticeable symptoms. Even if you don’t have symptoms, high blood pressure continues to damage your arteries and increases your risk for life-threatening problems like heart attack and stroke. That’s why hypertension is sometimes called the silent killer.
The only way to know you have high blood pressure is to see your provider at Mez, Tan, & Sarante for preventive care. They measure your blood pressure at every check-up with an easy, painless arm cuff test.
If your blood pressure measurement is too high, the team at Mez, Tan, & Sarante may ask you to come back for a follow-up measurement. Consistently high blood pressure over time means you have hypertension.
Then, your expert provider develops a personalized treatment plan to get our blood pressure under control. Sometimes, all it takes is some lifestyle changes like getting regular exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet. If lifestyle changes aren't enough, they may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure.
To learn how you can take control of your blood pressure, call the office of Mez, Tan, & Sarante, or request an appointment online today.