Hypertension when left untreated is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Knowing your numbers is the first step in managing this treatable condition.
During the month of December Pentucket Medical is offering free blood pressure walk-in clinics at the dates/ times below. If you cannot get to one of our locations during these times, you can provide your latest BP numbers by posting them on https://www.pmaonline.com/patient-guide/patient-gateway/or calling your clinician’s office.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a difficult problem to treat. Usually hypertension develops later in life and requires treatment with dietary changes, exercise, weight control, and sometimes medications. Uncontrolled hypertension can have serious consequences, including stroke, heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease, blindness, and even kidney failure. However, there are times when high blood pressure can be associated with other diseases that need to be diagnosed and treated.
Treating high blood pressure is challenging, and may in some cases have a secondary cause. Nephrologists are hypertension experts, trained in the evaluation and treatment of high blood pressure.
Secondary causes of hypertension
- underlying kidney disease
- sleep apnea
- uncontrolled diabetes
- hormonal disorders (thyroid glands, adrenal glands)
- kidney artery disease
If your primary care doctor is treating you with 3 or more medications for blood pressure, and your blood pressure still is running high, then you may need to see a nephrologist to help identify the cause of your hypertension, and to help treat it in order to get it under better control.
Pentucket Medical offers Nephrology services in the following locations.