Functional Medicine for Hypertension

Causes, Symptoms, & Effective Management Strategies

Introduction

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a chronic medical condition characterized by elevated blood pressure levels.

Join us as we delve into the causes, symptoms, home remedies, treatment options, and our specialized functional medicine approach to managing hypertension effectively.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension refers to persistently elevated blood pressure levels, where the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is consistently higher than normal.

It is a significant risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. Hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it typically does not cause noticeable symptoms until it reaches a severe or life-threatening stage.

A medical provider doing a blood pressure test in a functional medicine for hypertension assessment.

Causes of Hypertension:

Hypertension can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

 

  • Genetics: Family history and genetic predisposition play a significant role in the development of hypertension.
  • Lifestyle factors: Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and stress can contribute to the development of hypertension.
  • Obesity: Being overweight or obese increases the risk of hypertension due to the additional strain on the heart and blood vessels.
  • Age: Blood pressure tends to increase with age, with hypertension being more common in older adults.
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders, and sleep apnea can contribute to the development of hypertension.

What should I try at home before seeing a provider for Hypertension?

Before seeking medical advice for hypertension, you can try several lifestyle modifications and home remedies to help lower blood pressure levels and improve overall cardiovascular health.

These may include:

 

  • Healthy diet: Adopting a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products while limiting sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars can help lower blood pressure.
  • Regular exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling, for at least 30 minutes most days of the week can help lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.
  • Weight management: Losing excess weight through a combination of diet and exercise can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension-related complications.
  • Stress management: Practicing stress-reducing techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or tai chi can help lower stress levels and improve overall well-being.
  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine: Limiting alcohol consumption and reducing caffeine intake can help lower blood pressure levels and improve cardiovascular health.

Best Treatment Options for Hypertension:

Treatment for hypertension aims to lower blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications. Treatment options may include:

 

  • Lifestyle modifications: Adopting healthy lifestyle habits such as following a balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and caffeine intake, and managing stress can help lower blood pressure levels and improve overall cardiovascular health.
  • Medications: Various classes of medications, including diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), calcium channel blockers, and others, may be prescribed to lower blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications.
  • Combination therapy: In some cases, a combination of two or more medications may be prescribed to achieve optimal blood pressure control.
  • Monitoring and follow-up: Regular monitoring of blood pressure levels and follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider are essential to assess treatment effectiveness, adjust medications if necessary, and monitor for potential complications.

Our Process for Treating Hypertension:

We specialize in the comprehensive evaluation and management of hypertension to help individuals achieve optimal blood pressure control and reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications.

Our approach involves a thorough assessment, including a medical history, physical examination, blood pressure measurements, and evaluation of risk factors and comorbidities. Based on the results, we develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs, goals, and preferences.

Our team of experienced healthcare professionals led by Dr. Kayla Milano, including physicians, nurses, dietitians, and exercise physiologists, collaborates closely with each patient to implement lifestyle modifications, initiate appropriate medications, and provide ongoing support and monitoring.

We prioritize patient education, empowerment, and adherence to treatment recommendations to ensure the best possible outcomes and long-term success with functional medicine for hypertension.

Functional Medicine for Hypertension: Holistic Treatment

Hypertension is a common chronic medical condition that requires lifelong management to reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications. By understanding its causes, symptoms, and treatment options, individuals with hypertension can take proactive steps to achieve optimal blood pressure control and improve cardiovascular health.

Whether through lifestyle modifications, medications, or a combination of both, managing hypertension is possible with the guidance and support of healthcare professionals.

With our comprehensive approach to treatment, we are dedicated to helping individuals with hypertension achieve optimal blood pressure control and reduce the risk of Hypertension.

We are currently accepting patients worldwide.