Hypertension Specialist

Personal Primary Care

Internal Medicine & Internists located in Springfield, MA & East Longmeadow, MA

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, impacts nearly 1 in 3 American adults. If you’re one of those 75 million, you may be looking for ways to effectively manage hypertension and live a healthier lifestyle. At Personal Primary Care, Talal Khan, MD, and his team offer comprehensive care for men and women with hypertension, and treatment is individualized to meet your needs. To schedule an appointment, use the online tool or call the Springfield, Massachusetts, office today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. As your heart pumps blood, your arteries, veins, and capillaries act as highways and roads to deliver oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to all areas of your body. Blood pressure readings measure the force that your blood places on your arterial walls as it pulses through your circulatory system.

Blood pressure measurements note the pressure when blood is moving (systolic) and during the pauses between heartbeats (diastolic.) A normal systolic blood pressure reading falls under 120. When your systolic blood pressure reaches or exceeds 130, you have hypertension.

Hypertension is a serious health concern. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk of:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Vision problems
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Metabolic syndrome

What causes hypertension?

There is no single cause of hypertension, which is why it affects so many people. There are, however, known risk factors. These include:

  • Age, 60 or older
  • Sex, with the risk for men occurring at a younger age than for women
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Ethnicity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes

Some people develop high blood pressure because of another medical condition, commonly called secondary hypertension. Examples of what can bring on secondary hypertension include adrenal gland tumors, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid issues, illegal drug use, and kidney problems.

It’s important to discuss your risk of hypertension with the team at Personal Primary Care, so they can customize a lifestyle modification plan to get your blood pressure under control.

What are some treatment options for hypertension?

Medication is one way to effectively treat hypertension. Prescription medications that manage hypertension include vasodilators, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, central agonists, and diuretics. Your medication plan might call for more than one of these options.

Reducing stress is another way to manage and reduce your blood pressure. Many people find that counseling helps, as does learning mindfulness or meditation techniques.

Lifestyle modification is among the most powerful ways to handle hypertension. Your provider at Personal Primary Care works with you to identify improvement areas, including dietary changes, increased exercise, quitting smoking, and improved sleep.

If you’re ready to begin a path to healthier blood pressure readings, schedule an appointment at Personal Primary Care today.