Jan Elliott, MSN, APRN, FNP-C -  - Family Medicine

Best Choice Primary Care

Jan Elliott, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

Around 75 million Americans have hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have concerns about your heart health and blood pressure, distinguished nurse practitioner Jan Elliott, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, and the friendly medical group at Best Choice Primary Care in San Antonio provide testing, treatments, and solutions to manage your hypertension and regulate your blood pressure. Start by calling the office or simply click to book here on the web.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is a medical condition involving chronic high blood pressure. When your blood persistently exerts too much pressure and force on the walls of your arteries, you have hypertension.

If it continues over time and isn’t properly treated, hypertension can lead to various complications, such as heart disease.

Your provider assesses your blood pressure with a device that effectively measures how much blood your heart pumps and how resistant your arteries are to the flow of blood.

Hypertension usually indicates that your arteries have narrowed, and your heart is pumping excess blood.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension is often known as the silent killer since it doesn’t typically come with any symptoms. Some of the symptoms of hypertension can include:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

It’s important to be evaluated by a qualified health provider regularly. Many people aren’t even aware they have hypertension.

What causes hypertension?

Hypertension, or primary hypertension, typically happens gradually over many years without a clear cause. Secondary hypertension can happen instantaneously, usually due to an underlying condition.

Some factors can heighten your risk of developing hypertension, such as:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Kidney complications
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Illegal drugs, such as amphetamines

Certain medications, such as cold remedies, prescription drugs, and birth control pills can also increase your risk of hypertension.

When hypertension isn’t properly managed, complications can unfold, such as memory loss, metabolic syndrome, and heart failure.

How is hypertension treated?

Your provider starts by checking your blood pressure, assessing your medical history, and conducting a physical exam. They might recommend additional testing when necessary and often discuss healthy lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet, stress management, and appropriate regular exercise and fitness.

Your provider might recommend options to lower your blood pressure, such as quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, managing your stress, and keeping your weight in a healthy range.

Safe and effective medications are also available to help you regulate your blood pressure, as is valuable information on how to improve your heart health.

If you’re dealing with hypertension, seek quality professional care and call Best Choice Primary Care or use the online scheduling tool.