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High Blood Pressure Specialist

More MD -  - Family Medicine

More MD

Family Medicine, Primary Care, & Internists located in Prescott, Surprise, Gilbert & Lake Havasu City, AZ

Nicknamed the “silent killer,” high blood pressure is known for increasing your risk of heart disease without causing obvious symptoms. At More MD, expert family practitioner Tim Urell, DO, monitor you regularly and get your blood pressure under control. To book your blood pressure evaluation at the Sierra Vista, Surprise, or Prescott, Arizona, clinic location, click on the online booking feature. You can also call either office directly to book.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a chronic, often slow-forming condition that leads to excessive pressure against your arterial walls with each pump of your heart. You can develop high blood pressure due to:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a diet high in sodium (salt)
  • Developing thyroid disorders or adrenal gland tumors
  • Having a family history of hypertension
  • Following a sedentary lifestyle

While any man or woman of any age can develop high blood pressure, your chances go up as you age, especially after age 65.

Does high blood pressure cause symptoms?

The frightening thing about high blood pressure is that it causes no obvious symptoms until it’s dangerously high. Your blood pressure should remain below 120/80 mm Hg. Blood pressure is considered high if it’s anywhere between 120/80 mm Hg to 140/90 mm Hg. But you’re unlikely to know that it’s this high unless you take your blood pressure reading.

Blood pressure might start causing some symptoms if it’s over 180/120 mm Hg. This condition, known as an emergency hypertensive crisis, can lead to:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Severe chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion or blurred vision

Dr. Moran and Dr. Urell check your blood pressure reading every time you come into More MD. By keeping track of your blood pressure readings, they can get you started on treatments to bring it down as quickly as possible.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Usually, the best way to treat high blood pressure is through making lifestyle changes. Dr. Moran and Dr. Urell may suggest:

  • Cutting back on salt
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting more exercise
  • Decreasing your alcohol intake

They can even help you with dietary and nutrition planning to ensure you’re eating the right foods. If your blood pressure is continuing to rise or if it’s just not coming down after months of making lifestyle changes, you might need hypertension medications.

Dr. Moran and Dr. Urell select the best possible high blood pressure medication for your specific needs — they all work differently. These medications can flush out excess fluid buildup, open up blood vessels or help relax blood vessels. The More MD team works diligently to ensure you reach a healthier blood pressure reading as quickly as possible.

Book your high blood pressure evaluation at More MD today. Request your appointment online or over the phone.