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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States. It is defined as a systolic blood pressure over 140 and a diastolic over 90 mmHg. Optimal blood pressure is a systolic number 120 mmHg or below 80 mmHg. High blood pressure increases your risk for a heart attack or stroke; therefore, it is critical to keep your blood pressure at a normal level.

Blood pressure is affected by many factors including genetics, diet, exercise, stress levels, and underlying or co-existing conditions. Hypertension often occurs without symptoms, so it is important to get it checked frequently especially if you have a family history of high blood pressure.

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your high blood pressure, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be increasing your risk for cardiovascular disease or other health problems.

In some cases, medication is necessary to keep your blood pressure under control; however, it often can be controlled through lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced, low-sodium diet, exercising regularly and getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

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