Hypertension Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge

Primary Care Physicians located in Woodbridge, VA

Hypertension is known as a silent killer because unless you have your blood pressure checked regularly, you’ll have no idea there’s a problem until you suffer a major health crisis. Ezra Morgan, MD, and Graham Dondlinger, MD, of AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, are experienced physicians who can help you prevent the dangers of hypertension by monitoring your blood pressure and supporting you in making lifestyle changes. Call the Woodbridge, Virginia, clinic today to schedule a blood pressure check, or book an appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

You may be more familiar with hypertension as high blood pressure, a condition that means your blood is pumping with enough force to cause damage to your arteries. This excessive pressure of blood against the artery walls can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening health problems such as:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Aneurysm leading to internal bleeding
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA, or mini-stroke)
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Nephropathy (kidney disease)
  • Kidney failure
  • Glomerulosclerosis
  • Kidney artery aneurysm
  • Retinopathy (eye blood vessel damage)
  • Choroidopathy (fluid buildup under the retina)
  • Optic neuropathy (nerve damage in the eye)
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

The particular danger of having hypertension is that it doesn’t cause any symptoms until the damage is done, so having your blood pressure checked regularly at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge is essential.

How is blood pressure measured?

Fortunately, having your blood pressure measured is quick and easy. Your AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge provider inflates a blood pressure cuff around your arm and takes readings when your heart is beating, which is the systolic pressure, and in-between beats, which is the diastolic pressure.

The systolic and diastolic measurements are your blood pressure reading, which tells your provider whether your blood pressure is too high.

  • Healthy: 120 or below systolic, 80 or below diastolic
  • Raised: Between 121 and 140 systolic, or 81 and 90 diastolic
  • High: Over 140 systolic or over 90 diastolic
  • Dangerously high: Over 160 systolic or 100 diastolic

Your provider can tell you straight away what your blood pressure reading is, and whether you need to take any action.

How can I reduce my risk of developing hypertension?

The most common cause of hypertension is lifestyle issues, such as obesity, smoking, poor diet, and inactivity. Changing unhealthy lifestyle habits can make a significant difference in your risk of developing hypertension, as well as lowering your blood pressure if it’s already high. Changes you should make include:

  • Losing excess weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Cutting down on alcohol
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Cutting down on salt
  • Reducing fat intake, especially saturated and trans fats
  • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Finding ways to relieve stress

You may also need medication if your blood pressure is high. Your AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge doctor is here to help you in every way possible so you can avoid or manage hypertension.

To arrange your blood pressure check, call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge today, or book an appointment online.