One out of every three adults in the US has hypertension, and many don’t have it under control. Poorly controlled hypertension increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Board-certified family medicine physician, Michael Neret, MD, and his team at his Bay City, Texas, office take a proactive approach to medicine and can help you take the necessary steps to gain control over your blood pressure. For an appointment, call the office, or use the online booking tool today.
Also referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension is a condition in which the force of blood against the blood vessel walls is higher than normal. Over time, the excess force damages your blood vessels, as well as other organs, and increases your risk of other chronic health issues, including heart and kidney disease.
Hypertension is often referred to as a “silent killer” because it can develop without causing symptoms. You can have elevated blood pressure for years and not know it. Getting your annual physical at Michael Neret, MD, can help you stay on top of your health and track your blood pressure numbers, so you can get the care you need early on.
In most cases, there’s no definable cause of hypertension, which is referred to as primary hypertension. You may be at risk of this type of hypertension if it runs in your family, you’re a smoker, or you’re overweight or obese.
However, you may develop hypertension from another underlying illness, such as sleep apnea, kidney problems, or thyroid disorders. This type of hypertension is referred to as secondary hypertension.
The team at Michael Neret, MD, diagnose hypertension based on the patterns of your blood pressure. One high blood pressure doesn’t mean you have hypertension. To be diagnosed with hypertension you need at least three high readings at three separate visits.
Dr. Neret and his team understand that you may be feeling anxious when you come to the office for a physical and may have falsely elevated blood pressure. They suggest you check your blood pressure at your local pharmacy or invest in a home blood pressure machine to get a better idea of where your numbers fall.
The team at Michael Neret, MD, take an alternative and conservative approach to medicine and work closely with you to develop a plan to help improve your blood pressure numbers and reduce your risk of more serious health issues.
Your treatment plan may include:
If your blood pressure numbers don’t improve with lifestyle changes, the team may prescribe blood pressure medications to help.
To get help managing your hypertension, call Michael Neret, MD, today, or request an appointment online.