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Hypertension Specialist in Wichita, KS

Hypertension is just another name for high blood pressure. The systolic pressure (higher number) measures the pressure inside the artery during contraction. The diastolic pressure (lower number) measures the pressure inside the heart at rest.

High blood pressure is a concern because it increases the risk of having a heart attack and stroke. The higher the blood pressure, the more resistance to blood flow. This causes the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood. 

There are several risk factors for high blood pressure including:

  • High cholesterol levels
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Smoking

Management: 

The first step in the treatment of high blood pressure is lifestyle changes. These changes include: 

  • Weight reduction
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Well rounded, nutritional diet

Medication may be needed if increased blood pressure cannot be controlled with lifestyle changes.