Hypertension Specialist

Grand Lake Healthcare

Family Practice located in Grove, OK

About 75 million American adults suffer from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. At Grand Lake Healthcare in Grove, Oklahoma, Joseph Gelinas, ARPN-CNP, and the compassionate providers take a holistic approach to managing this troublesome condition. With nutrition coaching and lifestyle modification counseling, hypertension patients can turn their lives around and regain excellent quality of life. To find out more, call or schedule an appointment online at Grand Lake Healthcare today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a common health condition characterized by the force of your blood rushing against artery walls being too high. Your blood pressure is measured by the amount of blood your heart pumps relative to the resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure is.

In most cases, hypertension develops over the course of many years, eventually affecting almost everyone.

What are the signs and symptoms of hypertension?

You can go many years without ever noticing any signs or symptoms of hypertension. That’s why it’s earned the nickname “the silent killer.” Sometimes, hypertension sufferers may notice symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or nosebleed, but these symptoms aren’t specific to high blood pressure.

It’s very important to get regular blood pressure readings. The professionals at Grand Lake Healthcare recommend blood pressure readings at least every two years. Around age 40, you should start asking for a blood pressure reading every year.

What causes hypertension?

In many cases, there’s no identifiable cause of hypertension. It simply develops after many years and ultimately ends up affecting most people. This is called primary hypertension.

On the other hand, something called secondary hypertension is caused more suddenly and is generally caused by an underlying condition, such as:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Congenital defects
  • Abusing illegal drugs (such as cocaine or methamphetamines)

Certain risk factors are also often involved in the development of secondary hypertension, including:

  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • High-sodium diet
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Stress

Luckily, it can be easily detected with a simple in-office test. Once you know you have hypertension, you can work with a Grand Lake Healthcare provider to manage it and live a full, healthy life.

How is hypertension managed?

At Grand Lake Healthcare, the skilled providers can help you effectively manage your hypertension with lifestyle modifications and focused nutrition counseling. For instance, by helping you incorporate consistent physical activity in your routine or adjusting your diet to include less sodium, you can significantly improve your condition.

To learn more about how to manage hypertension, call Grand Lake Healthcare or schedule an appointment at the office online today.