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Excellence Medical Centers, LLC

Family Medicine Physician located in Cape Coral, FL

Almost half of American adults have hypertension, but many don’t know their health is at risk. At Excellence Medical Centers, LLC in Cape Coral, Florida, Christine Mackie, MD, diagnoses hypertension and offers personalized treatment plans to lower your blood pressure and protect your health. If you’re concerned about high blood pressure, call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is the clinical term for high blood pressure. As your heart pushes blood through your body, the blood puts pressure on the insides of your blood vessels. This force is your blood pressure. It’s measured in two numbers: systolic (when your heart beats) and diastolic (when your heart rests).

A healthy blood pressure reading is 120/80 mm Hg or lower. Any results higher than this are considered elevated, and hypertension describes when your blood pressure reaches 130/80 mm Hg or higher. 

Hypertension contributes to various cardiovascular health problems, including heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, and heart failure. It can affect your vision and cognitive function. High blood pressure also contributes to metabolic syndrome.

What causes high blood pressure?

Some people are genetically predisposed to developing high blood pressure. However, your lifestyle has a significant impact on your blood pressure. For example, if you’re overweight, smoke, or don’t exercise, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure. 

You can also develop high blood pressure as a result of other health issues such as diabetes, thyroid problems, kidney disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.

What are the warning signs of hypertension?

High blood pressure doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms until it reaches advanced stages. Many people don’t know they have hypertension until they have a heart attack or stroke.

As your condition worsens, you might start to have symptoms such as headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds. 

How is hypertension treated?

Dr. Mackie provides personalized treatment plans to lower your blood pressure. She often recommends lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation and diet and exercise changes, to help you lose weight and improve your overall health. 

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure, Dr. Mackie can prescribe medication. Depending on your needs, she might suggest diuretics, ACE inhibitors, or calcium channel blockers. 

In severe cases, Dr. Mackie might prescribe alpha-blockers, alpha-beta blockers, vasodilators, or central-acting agents. She may also provide treatment for any other health issues that contribute to your hypertension. 

Call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC today or make an appointment online if you’re concerned about your blood pressure and you’re looking for expert, patient-focused care.