Hypertension Specialist

Family Medicine in Riverview, MI

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Hypertension services offered in Riverview MI

Hypertension is a common health problem, affecting 47% of adults in the United States. Having hypertension puts you at risk of developing other chronic health problems. Rodney Poling, DO, is a family medicine physician at MedHealth in Riverview, Michigan. Dr. Poling takes a holistic approach to health and hypertension, focusing on your whole health, not your diagnosis. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, means the pressure against your blood vessel walls is consistently higher than normal. 

Your blood pressure numbers fluctuate throughout the day. However, when your blood pressure is consistently high, it stresses the walls of the blood vessels, causing them to stiffen and narrow.

When your blood vessels are stiff and narrow, your heart has to pump harder to push blood throughout your body, increasing your risk of heart disease and having a heart attack or stroke. 

Hypertension also weakens the small blood vessels throughout your body, including those in your kidneys and eyes, putting you at risk of developing kidney disease or loss of vision.

What causes hypertension?

Most people with hypertension have primary hypertension. That means the cause of high blood pressure is unknown. However, there are certain factors that may put you at risk of developing hypertension, including:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Weight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Eating an unhealthy diet
  • Using tobacco products

You may also develop hypertension from an outside condition, such as a chronic health problem like kidney disease, thyroid problems, or medication side effects. That is known as secondary hypertension.

How do I know if I have hypertension?

Hypertension develops without causing symptoms. Any time you visit MedHealth, Dr. Poling checks your blood pressure. If he has concerns about your numbers during your visit, Dr. Poling may suggest you check your blood pressure at home with a home blood pressure monitoring device.

If your blood pressure readings at home are high or you have higher than normal blood pressure levels on three separate visits to the office, then he may diagnose you with hypertension. 

How is hypertension treated?

Initially, Dr. Poling may recommend lifestyle changes to manage your hypertension. That  might include:

  • Eating a balanced diet filled with foods high in potassium 
  • Getting regular physical activity
  • Weight loss
  • Stress management

Dr. Poling works closely with you to help you make these lifestyle changes to improve your hypertension and your overall well-being. 

If your blood pressure remains high even when following a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Poling may prescribe blood pressure medication to improve your numbers.

To get help with your hypertension, call MedHealth or schedule an appointment online today.

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