While common, affecting nearly half of adults in the United States, untreated high blood pressure (hypertension) can cause serious problems for your health. At Advanced Surgeons in Valhalla, Carmel, and Poughkeepsie, New York, bariatric surgery specialists offer weight loss services to control hypertension and reduce your risk of complications. Call the nearest office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that occurs when the pressure inside blood vessel walls is higher than it’s supposed to be.
Untreated high blood pressure puts you at risk of a heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and other heart problems. Weight loss and other treatments can get your levels back into a normal, healthy range.
If you have hypertension, you likely won’t notice any signs or symptoms of the disease. However, if your blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels, you may notice shortness of breath, headaches, or nosebleeds.
Routine blood pressure screening is the best way to detect hypertension and treat it before complications occur.
High blood pressure can happen to anyone, but obesity does increase your risk of developing it. Other risk factors include :
Your risk of hypertension also increases if you have chronic medical problems, such as kidney disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea.
To diagnose high blood pressure and develop an effective treatment, your doctor uses a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope or blood pressure machine. They review your medical history and symptoms, if you have any, and complete a physical exam.
Your specialist may recommend you complete blood tests or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out additional medical problems.
Common treatments for hypertension include:
Taking medications can reduce high blood pressure and lower your risk of complications.
Advanced Surgeons offer a variety of medical weight loss treatments that can reduce hypertension. Examples include weight loss surgery, hormone treatments, weight loss medications, nutrition counseling, weight loss support groups, dietary supplements, and more.
Changing your diet, exercise regimen, and other habits can lower blood pressure naturally and help you achieve or maintain an ideal weight.
To learn more about medical weight loss as a treatment for hypertension, call the nearest Advanced Surgeons office or book an appointment online today.