High Blood Pressure Treatment

Thursday, March 19, 2015

High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. Dr. Edward Hill discusses risk factors for high blood pressure and treatment options for the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Treatment for high blood pressure is important because having the condition increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

No one knows for sure what causes high blood pressure. However, the following factors can increase your risk:

Older age. Men older than 55 years and women older than 65 years are at increased risk.

Race. Blacks develop high blood pressure more often than other races.

Family history

Obesity

Using tobacco products, and

Eating an unhealthy diet. Eating foods that have too much salt or not enough potassium can increase your risk of high blood pressure.

Treating high blood pressure starts with making changes in your lifestyle, such as exercising more, eating healthier food, losing weight and quitting smoking.

If your blood pressure is still too high after you do these things, you might need to take medicine to lower your blood pressure. These medicines need to be taken every day.

It is important to get regular checkups so your doctor can make sure the medicines are working.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.