Texas Family Practice Associates
Samuel L. Siegler, II, MD
Family Practice Physician & Primary Care located in Houston, TX
High blood pressure affects about 75 million people in the United States -- or one in three adults. Left untreated, high blood pressure carries serious risks such as heart attack and stroke. At Texas Family Practice Associates, Dr. Samuel Siegler II helps his patients in the Houston area take charge of their health by lowering their high blood pressure numbers. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.
Hypertension Q & A
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition that’s created when the pressure of your blood being forced through your arteries is too high.
Think of your heart as a device that’s pumping a liquid through a hose. If the inside of the hose starts to narrow, the device pumps harder to force the liquid through, which wears down both the device and the interior walls of the hose. The same thing is happening when your heart is trying to pump blood through your arteries: Both your heart and your arteries are under an increasing amount of strain.
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Many people with hypertension are unaware that they have it. The only way to discover whether you have high blood pressure is to have it checked by Dr. Siegler, and he routinely monitors blood pressure readings during every visit.
These readings measure the pressure in your blood vessels both during a heart beat and between heart beats, resulting in two numbers. Here’s how blood pressure numbers break out:
- Normal: 120/80 or below
- Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
- Hypertension: 140/90 or higher
Getting your blood pressure checked regularly by Dr. Siegler is a simple way to spot trends in the numbers before your blood pressure becomes a serious issue.
What causes hypertension?
There’s usually no single cause of hypertension, but rather risk factors that contribute to its development over time, including:
- Increasing age
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of exercise
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Underlying medical conditions, such as kidney disease or sleep apnea
While circumstances such as age and heredity are unavoidable, the good news is that many of the other factors that contribute to high blood pressure are within your control to change.
How is hypertension treated?
Since hypertension is largely caused by lifestyle factors, it follows that making a few changes in this area goes a long way toward lowering your blood pressure numbers. After reviewing your current medical history and your lifestyle, Dr. Siegler works with you to come up with an individualized plan to keep your blood pressure numbers in check. If you consider that over 1,100 people die each day in the US because of medical conditions related to hypertension, these changes are well worth the effort.
To take charge of your heart health, call Texas Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online.