Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar
A Private Medical Practice located in Santa Cruz Plaza, Tucson, AZ
One out of five Americans has hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, without even knowing it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over time, poorly controlled high blood pressure can make your heart work harder to pump blood through your body. At Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar, Javier Rios, MD, and his team provide a range of testing and treatment methods to help you protect your heart and improve your heart health. Take care of one of your most important organs and regulate your blood pressure with innovative treatments and quality, individualized medical care. Book online or call the Tucson, Arizona, office to schedule your appointment.
Hypertension Q & A
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a chronic disease in which the force of blood against your 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 developing other health complications, such as:
This chronic disease is often referred to as the silent killer because it develops without noticeable signs or symptoms. At your annual prevention and wellness exams, the team at Clinica Medica Familiar screens for common health conditions like hypertension. Identifying changes in your blood pressure early may help prevent the damage that leads to hypertension-related health complications.
What causes hypertension?
For most people, hypertension develops without any known cause. This is referred to as primary hypertension.
However, you can develop hypertension from an underlying health condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea, kidney problems, or thyroid problems. This is referred to as secondary hypertension.
In addition to underlying health conditions, you may be at risk of developing hypertension if you’re overweight or obese, lead a sedentary lifestyle, use tobacco products, or eat a diet high in sodium. Your risk of developing hypertension also increases with age.
How is hypertension diagnosed?
The family medicine team at Clinica Medica Familiar checks your blood pressure every time you visit the office, whether you’re coming in for your wellness exam or a sick visit. One elevated blood pressure doesn’t mean you have hypertension. For a formal diagnosis, the team requires two to three elevated blood pressure readings at three separate office visits.
How is hypertension managed?
The health care experts at Clinica Medica Familiar develop individualized treatment plans to manage hypertension. Before prescribing medications, the team may first recommend lifestyle changes to help improve your blood pressure numbers, such as weight loss, an exercise plan, and smoking cessation.
If lifestyle changes fail to improve your hypertension, then the team may prescribe medication to help lower your blood pressure. The team closely monitors you and your health and adjusts your treatment plan as needed to keep your blood pressure in check and reduce your risk of developing more serious health issues.
To schedule an appointment with the experts at Clinica Medica Familiar to get help managing your hypertension, call the office most convenient to you or use the online booking tool.