Mid-Cities Direct Care specializes in treating patients with high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at risk for a stroke, heart disease, and many other health complications. Dr. James Terry, your Grapevine, TX physician, is dedicated to helping you manage that risk and treating high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure
Having high blood pressure means that the force of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high. The two numbers presented in a blood pressure reading represent systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure is the force that occurs as blood pumps out of the heart into the arteries and blood vessels. Diastolic pressure is created when the heart rests between beats.
High blood pressure is dangerous because it is essentially making your heart work harder and less efficiently. Over time, the increased pressure on the walls of the arteries damages the delicate tissues inside the arteries. High blood pressure has earned the nickname 'silent killer' because of the subtle damage that it does over time that threatens your health. Bad cholesterol forms plaque on the tiny tears in the walls of the arteries. The more the plaque and damage increases, the narrower the insides of the arteries become, which raises blood pressure even more.
Symptoms of high blood pressure
In some cases, you may not know you have high blood pressure because it doesn't present with any symptoms. This is why your blood pressure is always taken at every doctor's appointment in our Grapevine, TX, practice. If you have extremely high blood pressure you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood in urine
If you experience any of these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately. Some factors put you at an elevated risk for high blood pressure, including your family history and lifestyle habits like smoking.
Your doctor will recommend quitting smoking and monitoring your blood pressure more closely at home. Medication may help manage your blood pressure, but we specialize in providing personalized weight loss programs designed to get you healthier and lower blood pressure. Dr. James Terry and the skilled team at Mid-Cities Direct Care are dedicated to helping you manage high blood pressure. Contact us for an appointment in Grapevine, TX, at (817) 284-9875.
Taking charge of your health means more than just going to the doctor once a problem comes up. Preventive care is the most important thing you can do for your health, and establishing a primary care physician is a key element.
As your primary care physician, Dr. James Terry of Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, T.X., can assist you in achieving and maintaining your best health.
What are the benefits of a primary care physician?
- Familiarity: By having a primary care doctor, you can develop a relationship and trust so you feel more comfortable seeking care or asking questions. You may also feel less anxiety about going to your appointment.
- Prevention: Annual appointments with your doctor allows them to evaluate for any potential health issues and intervene before they become problems, or provide care before ailments become worse.
- General wellness: Your doctor will help you keep track of basic health measurements, like weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and activity level, and can refer you to a specialist if you show any signs of hearing or vision loss.
- Health advice: If you are over or underweight, physically inactive, a smoker or drinker, or experience high levels of stress, your doctor can assist you in achieving a healthy weight, developing a fitness plan, quitting smoking, or working on your mental health.
- Medication management: Having a physician who is familiar with your medications saves time at appointments and allows you to more easily evaluate the effectiveness of your medication, or safely switch medications if needed.
- Family history: Your primary care physician will be well versed in your family medical history so they are better able to monitor you for hereditary conditions.
- Long-term care: A primary care physician can assist you for years or decades to come so you don't need to worry about finding a new provider as you age.
- A friendly experience: Dr. James Terry and the staff at our Grapevine, T.X. office provide a welcome and comfortable environment where you can be assured the best care.
Call our Grapevine, T.X., office today at 817-284-9875 to schedule an appointment with primary care physician Dr. James Terry.
Diabetes has become a national problem as almost 11 percent of adult Americans had the diagnosis in 2018. These CDC statistics concern Dr. James Terry and his team at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX. Here's what you should know about diagnosing this chronic health care problem and how to live well with it.
What is diabetes?
Whether you have developed it as a child or an adult, diabetes impacts blood glucose levels. High sugars indicate your body's lack of insulin (which converts sugar to energy) or its inefficient use of this important hormone (as in adult-onset diabetes).
Sadly, poorly controlled diabetes impacts all bodily systems, causing problems such as:
- Vision loss
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney failure
- Hearing problems
- Poor nerve function (neuropathy)
- Impaired circulation and poor wound healing, particularly in the extremities
- Lowered immunity to disease and infection
Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes
Knowing how devastating these issues can be, Dr. Terry provides diagnosis and treatment of diabetes at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX. As diabetes may develop gradually and show few symptoms early on, Dr. Terry screens each of his patient's age 45 and over with blood work to include:
- Fasting blood sugar (a result of over 125 is diagnostic for diabetes)
- A1C, a measure of how much glucose is bonded to the hemoglobin in the blood (a result over seven is diagnostic for diabetes)
Additionally, many people may develop symptoms such as:
- Significant weight loss which is unexplained
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Itchy skin
Treatment depends on your body's ability to produce insulin. If it can not, you will require daily insulin injections, a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, and at-home monitoring of your blood glucose levels.
Type-2 diabetics may respond well to simple weight loss, diet modification, and exercise. However, many people need the help of medications that stimulate the body to use the insulin it produces. Insulin injections may be needed as well.
Of course, the prevention of high blood glucose is important. Dr. Terry and his team encourage their patients in healthy diets, consistent aerobic exercise, weight control, and lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Achieve your best life
For more information, contact our Grapevine, TX, office for a friendly and helpful consultation at (817) 284-9875.
How your primary care doctor in Grapevine TX can help you manage your weight loss
If you are trying to lose weight, that’s an excellent choice, but sticking to a weight loss plan can be difficult. There are so many temptations including food-laden commercials, family members, and friends who like to eat, and potlucks at work. The good news is, you can lose weight, and your primary care doctor can help.
Dr. James Terry at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine TX offers a wide variety of medical services, including a medically enhanced weight loss program.
Why Lose Weight?
Carrying excess weight can be a major factor in developing serious diseases that can shorten your life. You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to make a huge difference in your health. Even losing five or ten pounds can reduce your risk of heart disease, having a stroke, developing diabetes, or being affected by sleep apnea.
When you lose weight, you will enjoy:
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- More stable blood sugar levels
- Less joint or back pain
- Increased mobility and flexibility
Medically enhanced weight loss works best on people who want to lose 20 pounds or more and works to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight safely, without fad diets or diet pills that can be harmful to your body.
The program starts with an initial consultation and examination. During your initial visit, you will also receive an EKG if medically indicated, lab tests, and counseling about nutrition and exercise. Your doctor will discuss monthly follow-up weight management visits with you too, so you can enhance your weight loss.
At your monthly follow-up visits, your doctor will track your weight loss to make sure your customized program is working for you. Your diet and exercise will be reviewed.
If you need to lose weight and you are tired of the roller coaster of fad diets and unhealthy diet pills, you need to discover what medically enhanced weight loss can do for you. To find out more about this exciting program, call Dr. James Terry of Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine TX at (817) 284-9875. Get started on your customized weight loss program by calling today!
Concerned about diabetes? Characterized by high blood glucose levels, fatigue, weight loss, and more, diabetes can cause long-term complications if not treated well. At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, Dr. James Terry diagnoses and treats this common endocrine problem, helping patients live well as a result.
Just what is diabetes?
Diabetes is marked by high glucose levels as measured by a routine blood draw. However, both early-onset diabetes (type-1) and adult-onset diabetes (type-2) exhibit other concerning symptoms which, if unaddressed, lead to complications such as:
- Kidney damage
- Cardiovascular disease
- Retinopathy (damage to the micro-circulation at the back of the eye)
- Neuropathy (loss of sensation in the extremities)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Hearing loss
Additionally, Healthline reports that one in three adult Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition in which people have slightly elevated blood glucose levels as their bodies age. Weight control, diet, and exercise all benefit patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Concerning signs that you may have diabetes
With type-1 diabetes, symptoms are more obvious and destructive. With pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, patients actually may be asymptomatic for a long time. In either case, diabetes damages body systems.
- Frequent urination
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss
- Infections in the gums, urinary tract and skin
- Blurry vision
- Poor healing
- Anxiety, irritability, and depression
What you should do
At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, Dr. Terry and his team screen patients 40 and older for diabetes. As part of routine blood work, a fasting blood sugar level of 125 or high is diagnostic for diabetes. As such, your physician will customize a care plan to bring that number into line to help you feel your best and avoid long-term complications.
- Using insulin or oral medications such as Metformin
- A plan of exercise
- Dietary changes to lower fat and sugar intake
- Keeping a healthy body weight
- Controlling blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure
- At-home blood glucose monitoring
- Stopping smoking
- Getting routine check-ups with the dentist and eye doctor
- Inspecting feet daily for sore spots, breaks in the skin, and temperature changes
You can still be you
At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, you'll receive the finest diabetic care possible. Dr. James Terry helps all his patients achieve life-long good health. For more information on diabetes, please call us at (817) 284-9875.
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