Somerset Family Medicine SFM
Neil Jaddou, MD
Family Medicine located in Troy, MI & Sterling Heights, MI
High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. At Somerset Family Medicine SFM, Neil Jaddou MD helps patients manage their high blood pressure and avoid complications. Somerset Family Medicine SFM offers convenient locations in Troy and Sterling Heights, Michigan, so it's easy to receive medical care when you need it most. Dr. Jaddou and his team provide comprehensive one-on-one care and take the time to address all your concerns. If you're struggling with high blood pressure, don't delay treatment. Call Somerset Family Medicine SFM today or schedule an appointment online.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of circulating blood against the walls of your arteries. If your blood pressure is too high, the excess force can strain your organs or tissues. You may be at a higher risk for serious health complications, including:
- Heart attack
- Kidney disease
- Vision loss
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is sometimes called the "silent killer" because it doesn't always cause symptoms. Many people with hypertension don't realize that their blood pressure is too high. But when hypertension goes undiagnosed or untreated, complications can arise at any time.
What causes high blood pressure?
Many different medical conditions can trigger high blood pressure, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Kidney problems
- Thyroid disorder
- Adrenal gland disorders
Lifestyle factors can also affect your blood pressure. Risk factors for high blood pressure include:
- Heavy drinking
- Diet high in salt or fat
- Lack of physical activity
During your appointment, Dr. Jaddou will review your medical history and ask questions about your lifestyle to determine the cause of your high blood pressure.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Mild high blood pressure, sometimes called prehypertension, can be treated with lifestyle changes. Dr. Jaddou may recommend that you improve your diet, quit drinking or smoking, or get more excess. You may also need to get help managing your stress.
If your condition has progressed to Stage 1 or Stage 2 hypertension, you may need to take medication to reduce your blood pressure. Some cases of high blood pressure can be difficult to treat, but Dr. Jaddou explores all your options for safely lowering your blood pressure.
How can I reduce my risk of hypertension-related health problems?
Left untreated, high blood pressure can be deadly. But taking action to reduce your blood pressure can help you avoid health problems in the future. If you're trying to lower your blood pressure, Dr. Jaddou may recommend that you:
- Get more exercise
- Limit your salt intake
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Avoid high-fat foods
- Limit alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Reduce your stress levels
If you’re concerned about your high blood pressure, Dr. Jaddou and his team can help. Call Somerset Family Medicine SFM today or schedule an appointment online.