Hypertension Specialist

Pleasant Grove Family Clinic

Primary Care located in Texarkana, TX

Medically known as hypertension, high blood pressure affects as many as 1 in 3 adults. Since hypertension damages veins and arteries and puts a serious strain on your heart, Donald Douglas, MD, and the team at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic provide integrative treatment in Texarkana, Texas. Whether your blood pressure is borderline high or dangerously elevated, the medical team can help. You can book a hypertension evaluation through the website or you can call to schedule by phone.

Hypertension Q & a

What is hypertension?

Your blood pressure is the measured force of circulating blood. Some pressure is necessary to help blood get to and from your extremities. But excessive pressure can put too much strain on venous and arterial walls and cause damage.

High blood pressure can also cause your heart to pump with greater force, which leads to unnecessary strain on your heart and your entire circulatory system.

Why is my blood pressure high?

Your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day. It can spike suddenly due to a brief moment of stress like having to speak in public. But having high blood pressure on a regular basis can stem from health complications and lifestyle factors like:

  • Family history of hypertension
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • High sodium levels
  • Poor kidney function
  • Sedentary lifestyle

These things lead to primary hypertension, the most common type of high blood pressure. However, additional factors like thyroid problems and sleep disorders can lead to secondary hypertension, which often comes on suddenly.

What are the stages of hypertension?

To enhance your heart health, the medical team at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic likes to see your blood pressure reading remain below 120/80 mm Hg. Your doctor considers your blood pressure elevated if it’s between 120/80 and 129/80 mm Hg.

Physicians generally diagnose stage 1 hypertension if your blood pressure reading is higher than 130/80 mm Hg, but less than 139/89 mm Hg. If you have stage 2 hypertension, it means that your blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or more on a regular basis.

Anytime your blood pressure is above 180/120 mm Hg, you’re having a hypertensive crisis and require immediate medical attention in an emergency room. Generally, hypertension doesn’t cause obvious symptoms, but this serious stage of hypertension often results in shortness of breath, chest pain, and vision problems, among other problems.

How does a doctor treat hypertension?

Whether your blood pressure is slightly elevated or you have a history of Stage 2 hypertension or even hypertensive crisis episodes, Pleasant Grove Family Clinic providers can help. Combining medications with the proper lifestyle changes help bring down your blood pressure over time.

  • Blood pressure medications each work differently and can:
  • Remove excess fluid
  • Decrease the force from your heart
  • Open up and relax veins and arteries

Your doctor at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic can also counsel you about essential blood pressure-lowering dietary changes you need to make, including how to reduce your sodium (salt) intake. The team even helps you manage your weight if needed so you can improve your blood pressure and lower your overall risk of heart disease.

You can get the hypertension care you need at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic. Click on the online booking tool or call the clinic directly to schedule your hypertension appointment today.