Hypertension Overview

You’ve probably heard a lot about the risks of high blood pressure, and it’s for a good reason! Hypertension is a public health epidemic affecting 70 million Americans today. Even worse, it’s the most common red flag that prescription drug therapy may be in your future. It also leads to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. In other words, high BP ...

Understanding the Numbers

Top should be less than 120, and the bottom less than 80 It looks pretty scary for your personal health! But numbers-wise, high BP has become such a problem that there is now a warning stage called pre-hypertension. This new category identifies those AT RISK for hypertension and heart disease.  You don’t need to start meds but you definitely need to make some ...

Causes & Risk Factors

Primary or Essential Hypertension: Most common and is caused by genetics and environment Secondary Hypertension: There is an underlying cause making BP rise. Talk to your doctor! This type of hypertension is reversible through treatment of the underlying disorder   If you have ANY of these symptoms in addition to your high blood pressure, talk to your doctor! You may ...

Hypertension FAQs

If you have diabetes, kidney or heart disease your goal BP is less than 130/80. If you have protein in your urine, your goal is less than 125/75.What lifestyle changes can I make?Remember Dr. G’s mantra: Quit smoking, drink less, eat healthy, put down the salt, and exercise!   MY goal is to get YOU OFF 1 or more of your meds. ...