High Blood Pressure Treatment

Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria

Family Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

Hypertension can be a killer on its own or as a complication of another condition. It’s also a disorder that isn’t treated in a single visit. Dr. Mirela Mircea and Dr. Vivian Lugo-Eschenwald of Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia are your partners in diagnosis, treatment, and management of high blood pressure and its complications.

High Blood Pressure Treatment Q & A

What's hypertension? What happens in the body?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the pressure of blood in the body is high enough that it'll eventually damage arteries and the heart. Blood pressure is a measurement of the amount of blood pumped compared with the resistance to flow through the blood vessels. When the heart pumps more blood into arteries that are more narrow, high blood pressure results.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

There may be none, and it could be that way for a long time. Even if there are no symptoms, though, damage may still occur. Arteries can weaken and clog, and the heart muscle can thicken, all in response to hypertension with no outward signs until something in the system fails. When symptoms do happen, these could include, headaches, shortness of breath and bleeding from the nose, but there aren’t specific connections, and hypertension may be at critical levels before these signs appear. This is one reason why blood pressure screening is a regular part of doctor’s appointments. The test is simple, quick, and has no risk. Many drug stores and pharmacies offer blood pressure machines for their customers’ use. These can provide useful information, but due to the “one cuff fits all” nature of the machines, they may not be accurate for everyone. The appropriate cuff size is important for proper readings.

How is blood pressure treated?

Medication can help lower your blood pressure. Diuretics help the body eliminate salt and water, which in turn lowers the blood volume. Beta blockers approach the disorder by causing the heart to beat more slowly and with less force. ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers relax blood vessels as do a class of drug called ARBs.

Even if medication helps, most effective hypertension treatment includes lifestyle changes including increased physical activity and a modified diet.

Insurance and Billing

We accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans that we accept. If you do not see yours, please call our office to see how we can help. We will file out of network insurances but visit must be paid at checkout in full.

AARP
ACE
American Republic Insurance
Anthem Blue Cross
BCBS
Cigna
Coventry
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Health
GEHA
Guardian
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
HealthNet
HighMark
Humana
Independence Blue Cross