The human body relies upon the complex network of blood vessels that serve to transport blood in an ongoing cycle. In order for optimal function to occur, blood must be able to freely flow throughout these blood vessels, both large and small. When that flow is impeded, the pressure of the blood flow increases. That places a great deal of stress on the walls of arteries and other blood vessels, leading to damage and a wide range of serious outcomes. Over time, high blood pressure can lead to wide-ranging problems, including loss of vision, kidney damage, stroke and even Peripheral Artery disease.
High blood pressure is a disease that is plagued by numerous myths. For example, many people believe that a person with high blood pressure will experience increased nervousness, facial flushing, sweating or difficulty sleeping. Others believe that high blood pressure will result in recurring headaches. In reality, however, high blood pressure is often a symptomless condition. That makes it even more important to obtain regular blood pressure screenings and to undergo periodic physical examinations. Our medical staff is specially trained to recognize high blood pressure and can create a course of treatment to address each individual's specific set of needs.
Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure have a number of available treatment options. When seen at San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic, patient care begins with a comprehensive health assessment. For some people, prescription blood pressure medications can be an effective way to control the progression of the disease. For others, lifestyle modification is the most effective means of reducing blood pressure and maintaining good health. Each and every individual is different, which is why an individualized treatment plan is the first step of care.