Wake Family Medicine
Primary Care Physicians & Family Medicine Physicians located in Cary, NC
Hypertension affects almost half of all Americans, and because it has few or no symptoms in its early stages, it has a well-earned nickname of the “silent killer.” The team at Wake Family Medicine in Cary, North Carolina, led by Mrinalini Kodumagulla, MD, monitors your blood pressure and helps you manage it. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office. You can also use the online booking tool for your convenience.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension is a common condition also known as high blood pressure, and it’s manageable with early detection.
When you experience hypertension, the force of your blood running through your blood vessels is too high. If your high blood pressure goes untreated, you can develop a severe cardiac issue and damage to your arteries and your brain.
If you don’t treat your hypertension, you’re at risk for:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Loss of vision
- Kidney disease
- Lack of sexual function
If you have any symptoms that indicate you have hypertension, see Dr. Kodumagulla as soon as possible. Monitoring and treating your high blood pressure can save your life.
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Symptoms of hypertension aren’t always noticeable, if they’re present at all. That’s why it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly at Wake Family Medicine.
However, if you do experience symptoms, they might include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Blood in your urine
- Chest pain
If you show any out-of-the-ordinary signs, you should seek immediate medical attention from Dr. Kodumagulla and the team. They specialize in offering personalized treatment plans for each patient.
What causes hypertension?
While doctors and researchers can’t give an exact cause of hypertension, numerous factors can play a role. Some of the most common include:
- High cholesterol
- Drinking alcohol
- Taking certain medications
- Family history
- Current health issues
At your consultation, Dr. Kodumagulla learns about your family history, your personal medical history, and your symptoms to reach an accurate diagnosis. You can also ask questions and get answers about any of your concerns.
How is hypertension treated?
Once Dr. Kodumagulla assesses your condition and diagnoses you, several treatment options might be put in place, including reducing some of the risk factors mentioned above, such as obesity, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Other approaches include eating a healthy diet, getting exercise daily, learning to manage stress levels, and routinely monitoring your blood pressure.
If your hypertension doesn’t improve with lifestyle changes, Dr. Kodumagulla might recommend additional treatment with medication. At Wake Family Medicine, the goal is to get your blood pressure within a healthy range. Your condition is monitored throughout your treatment to promote the best outcome possible.
Dr. Kodumagulla continues to do clinical research on hypertension, so she is always informed on the latest treatment advancements.
To have your blood pressure checked, call Wake Family Medicine for an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool today.