Hypertension

Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care & Adolescent Health in Mesa, AZ

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Hypertension services offered in Mesa, AZ

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is known as the “silent killer” because it often presents no clear symptoms until a health crisis arises. At GP Family Care Mesa, Diana Noriega, FNP, offers blood pressure screening and management services to residents in and around Mesa, Arizona. When you’re ready to understand how blood pressure affects your health, call or click the online booking tool to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience. 


What is hypertension?

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. To understand your blood pressure readings, it helps to think about how your circulatory system works. 

Each time your heart beats, it pumps oxygenated blood into your arteries. This pumping action places a degree of force, or pressure, on the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure is measured in the amount of force placed during heartbeats (systolic) and in the pause between heartbeats (diastolic). 

These readings are recorded as systolic/diastolic. Normal blood pressure readings sit at or below 120/80. Anything above 130/80 is considered to be high blood pressure, and readings above 180/120 are considered a medical emergency called hypertensive crisis. 

Tracking your blood pressure is easy. Your readings are taken and recorded during routine physical exams, and you can use numerous at-home devices to track your blood pressure on your own. 

What are the health risks of hypertension?

Few things have a greater negative impact on your health than hypertension (high blood pressure). Some of the health risks include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney problems
  • Eye health problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Aneurysm
  • Cognitive or memory issues

These are just a few of the health problems that are directly linked to high blood pressure. Reducing your blood pressure can reduce your risk of developing these complications and help treat many chronic health issues.  

How is hypertension treated?

There are many different ways to approach treating hypertension (high blood pressure). Diana begins with a thorough health assessment to understand how your body is currently functioning. She creates a customized hypertension treatment plan aligned with your specific set of needs. 

Medication might be part of the process. There are drugs that help your kidneys eliminate sodium and excess water from your body. Or, other drugs that prevent narrowing within your blood vessels. Some medications improve blood flow or relax the walls of your arteries. It often takes a combination of medications to achieve the best results. 

One of the best ways to bring your blood pressure readings down is by changing your daily diet. Highly processed foods don’t help your blood pressure, and including more whole grains, fruit, and vegetables into your meals can make a world of difference. 

Increasing daily activity levels is also important. You don’t have to embrace extreme exercise plans to see results. Even adding a short walk to your daily routine can create noticeable improvements. 

If you’d like to learn more about hypertension screening or treatment at GP Family Care Mesa, booking a visit takes just a few moments online or by phone.