Beth and Howard Braver, MD
Internal Medicine located in Aventura, FL & Hollywood, FL
Hypertension affects about 75 million adults in the United States, with many more people remaining undiagnosed. At Beth and Howard Braver, MD, in Aventura and Hollywood, Florida, the board-certified internal medicine physicians offer comprehensive diagnostics and treatment services to control your blood pressure for the long term and prevent serious health complications, like heart attack and stroke. Find out more about options for treating hypertension by calling Beth and Howard Braver, MD, today, requesting an appointment online now, or visiting as a walk in.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition where the force of your blood against your artery walls is consistently too high. If left untreated, chronic hypertension can lead to severe health complications, including heart attacks, strokes, and premature death.
There are two types of hypertension:
Primary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that develops gradually over time for no specific reason.
Secondary hypertension results from underlying health conditions and tends to come on suddenly. Common conditions that result in secondary hypertension include:
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Obstructive sleep apnea
The use of certain medications, like birth control pills or over-the-counter cold medications, and illegal drugs can increase your risk for secondary hypertension.
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Hypertension is often referred to as a silent killer because the disease causes no noticeable symptoms until it’s in the advanced stages.
For this reason, you need to have routine blood pressure screenings at Beth and Howard Braver, MD, during your annual physical. You may need more frequent blood pressure screenings if you have certain risk factors for hypertension, such as:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Family history of hypertension
You are at increased risk for primary or secondary hypertension as you get older.
How is hypertension treated?
The medical team at Beth and Howard Braver, MD, offers comprehensive treatment plans to treat hypertension and prevent additional health complications. They customize your treatment and may initially recommend lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure naturally. These changes include:
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a low-salt diet
- Getting daily exercise
- Limiting alcohol use
If changes aren’t enough to keep your blood pressure well-controlled, you may need to take medications to relax your blood vessels and improve your blood flow. Your Beth and Howard Braver, MD, provider can also treat underlying health conditions that lead to secondary hypertension to prevent additional complications.
If you have hypertension or need a routine blood pressure check, schedule an appointment at Beth and Howard Braver, MD, today by calling the office nearest you or booking online.