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.