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High Blood Pressure Specialist


General Medicine & Emergency Medicine located in Glendale, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

One in every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, or hypertension, which is around 75 million people. The more sobering statistic is that high blood pressure contributes to almost 1,100 deaths a day, according to a 2014 study. The good news is that high blood pressure is highly treatable. At Medico, Glenn Kunsman, DO, and the team work with their patients in Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona, to get blood pressure numbers to within healthy limits, avoiding serious consequences down the road. To lower your numbers, call or book an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

To better understand what constitutes high blood pressure, it’s helpful to step back and review what the blood pressure numbers are measuring. Every time your heart beats, it pushes blood through your circulatory system. Blood pressure measures the amount of blood your heart is pumping and the resistance it’s experiencing in your arteries.

The higher your blood pressure numbers, the harder your heart is working to deliver blood.

To put this in actual numbers, here’s the breakout:

  • Normal blood pressure: less than 120/80
  • Elevated blood pressure: 120-129/less than 80
  • High blood pressure, stage 1: 130-139/80-89
  • High blood pressure, stage 2: higher than 140/120

There is a third stage of high blood pressure, which is considered a crisis that requires immediate medical attention.

What causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure doesn’t happen overnight. It usually takes years to develop the significant narrowing in your arteries that causes high blood pressure. The leading factors that are associated with high blood pressure are:

  • Age
  • Weight issues
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Too much salt
  • Too little potassium
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Genetics

High blood pressure can also be caused by existing medical conditions or certain medications. The only way to find out what may be at the heart of your blood pressure issue is to seek a diagnosis from a medical professional.

How is high blood pressure treated?

If you review the list of common risk factors, you’ll see that many of them are under your control to change. To get started, schedule a visit to see the team at Medico so they can tailor a plan that best suits your situation. With your medical history and current vitals in hand, they can suggest treatments that deliver the best results, which may include:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Exercise programs
  • Weight loss programs
  • Nutrition counseling

By tackling your high blood pressure from many different angles under the team’s watchful eye, you can lead a long and healthy life free from the serious complications that come with hypertension.

To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.