About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has hypertension, and only about half of those people have it under control. At Concord Health Center in Concord, Massachusetts, board-certified internal medicine and nephrology physician Charles Malis, MD, takes a proactive approach to the management of hypertension and can help you gain control over your blood pressure. For an appointment, contact the office by phone or use the online booking tool today.
Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a dangerous chronic health condition in which the force of blood against your blood vessel walls is greater than normal. Over time, the excessive pressure damages your blood vessel walls and leads to health complications such as a heart attack or stroke.
No, hypertension doesn’t usually cause symptoms. Your blood pressure can be higher than normal for years without you even being aware. Your annual wellness exam can help you stay on top of your blood pressure and your health.
However, one elevated blood pressure reading during an exam doesn’t mean you have hypertension. To be diagnosed with hypertension, you need to have three elevated readings on three separate visits.
You can also monitor your blood pressure with an at-home blood pressure machine or through the machines found at many local pharmacies.
Because hypertension doesn’t cause symptoms, the chronic disease can go unnoticed for years, especially if you’re not getting annual wellness exams. In addition to a heart attack or stroke, uncontrolled hypertension can also increase your risk of:
Uncontrolled hypertension may also cause you to excrete more calcium in your urine, which may affect bone health. Hypertension is also a major risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a dangerous sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep.
Dr. Malis conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come to see him for help managing your hypertension. He reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and orders advanced diagnostic testing to evaluate your health further.
After your evaluation, Dr. Malis reviews his assessment and the results of your testing. Then, together, you and he develop a treatment plan to help improve your hypertension and reduce your risk of health complications. Treatment may include:
If you’re overweight or obese, Dr. Malis may work closely with you to develop a weight loss program that helps you drop some of the weight. Losing even a small amount of weight may significantly improve your blood pressure and your overall health.
For an evaluation from an experienced physician who provides comprehensive care, call Concord Health Center today or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.