High Blood Pressure Specialist

Medical Center West

Michelle Berry, DO

Primary Care Physician located in Boerne, TX

About one in three adults in the United States has a deathly condition without symptoms that could have serious consequences if left untreated: High blood pressure. At Medical Center West in Boerne, Texas, Michelle Berry, DO, evaluates your blood pressure and helps you manage it if it’s high. To learn more about high blood pressure and how to manage yours, call Medical Center West, or book your appointment online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure or hypertension, which has been dubbed the eery nickname “the silent killer” because of its lack of symptoms, means the pressure of blood running through your blood vessels is higher than it should be.

Your blood pressure tends to increase naturally with age and become a chronic (long term) condition, but a few risk factors can lead to it becoming dangerously high.

When your blood vessels become clogged and constricted, it is difficult for your blood to flow through them easily. This can lead to a variety of health problems and usually isn’t detectable until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important for you to monitor your blood pressure frequently.

What are the consequences of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure puts stress on your entire cardiovascular system. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Dementia
  • Loss of kidney function
  • Vision loss

Even dangerously high blood pressure has no symptoms. Some people experience headaches or nosebleeds, but these usually don’t happen until your blood pressure is life-threateningly high.

When should I see a doctor for high blood pressure?

Because high blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms, you need to visit Dr. Berry at Medical Center West for regular checkups as you age so she can monitor your blood pressure.

If you’re over the age of 30, you should get a physical exam every other year or more if Dr. Berry decides that you’re at risk of conditions like high blood pressure. If you’re over 50, you should get a physical every year.

You can also monitor your blood pressure at home with an inexpensive device or at your local pharmacy if they have a blood pressure machine. If you see high numbers, you should visit Dr. Berry for treatment.

How can I manage my high blood pressure?

Once Dr. Berry determines you have high blood pressure, she helps you create a plan to manage it. She recommends lifestyle changes for you that help to lower your blood pressure. You can:

  • Eat a healthy diet with low amounts of salt
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink less or no alcohol
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight or obese

If the changes in your lifestyle aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure and it is chronic, Dr. Berry prescribes medication. If another condition causes your high blood pressure, treating that condition can help reduce your blood pressure, too.

High blood pressure is dangerous but manageable. To monitor or manage your blood pressure, call Medical Center West, or schedule your appointment online today.