Optimal Performance Medicine
Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Woodstock, GA
High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it develops without causing symptoms. If left uncontrolled, it increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Michael Skardasis, MD, and his team at Optimal Performance Medicine in Woodstock, Georgia, focus on treating the underlying cause of your high blood pressure so you get an improvement in your numbers and better health. For management of your high blood pressure from a team that focuses on creating health, not treating sickness, call the office today or book online.
High Blood Pressure
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, refers to an excess of force against your blood vessel walls as your heart beats. Over time, this excess force damages your blood vessels and organs and can lead to other health issues, such as heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease.
You can have high blood pressure for years and not know it because it doesn’t typically cause symptoms. Annual visits to the team at Optimal Performance Medicine help you stay on top of your health and your blood pressure. Catching blood pressure changes early helps you make the changes you need to prevent long-term health complications.
How is high blood pressure diagnosed?
One high blood pressure reading doesn’t necessarily mean you have high blood pressure. In fact, the specialists at Optimal Performance Medicine know that a visit to the doctor sometimes leads to anxiety and a false elevation in blood pressure.
For a formal diagnosis, your blood pressure would need to be noted as elevated on two or three occasions. If you think anxiety causes your high numbers, you can check your blood pressure with a home blood pressure machine or use the machine at your local pharmacy.
What treatments improve my blood pressure?
The team at Optimal Performance Medicine creates an individualized treatment plan to help you manage your blood pressure. Your treatment plan may focus on lifestyle modification more so than medicine. The team works to treat the underlying cause of your high blood pressure to create health instead of providing medication that only treats the symptoms.
Your specialist may suggest diet changes, such as reducing your intake of processed and salty foods and instead eating more fresh foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, low-fat dairy foods, and healthy fats. Your specialist at Optimal Performance Medicine sees the value of good nutrition and the power it has improving health and wants to share that knowledge and power with you.
If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight helps improve your blood pressure. Optimal Performance Medicine offers a medically supervised weight-loss program that includes health coaching with Dr. Skardasis.
High blood pressure is common, but you can take steps to improve your numbers and prevent health complications. Call Optimal Performance Medicine today or book an appointment online for care that’s focused on creating health.