Gary Goff MD
Internal Medicine located in Dallas, TX
If you suffer from hypertension, you are among millions of Americans who experience this condition. While it can lead to serious problems if left untreated, effective treatments are available to help protect your health for years to come. At the office of Gary E. Goff, MD, the highly trained team have extensive experience in detecting and managing hypertension for their patients, letting them live the healthy and active lives they imagine. Call or go online today to schedule your first appointment at this Dallas clinic.
Hypertension Q & A
What is hypertension?
Simply put, hypertension is another word for high blood pressure. The blood in your vessels and arteries has a certain amount of pressure. If you have too little pressure, your cardiovascular system does not work optimally. If you have too much pressure, lasting damage can occur to your blood vessels, leading to heart disease and other serious complications such as stroke and heart attack.
Roughly 30% of adults in the United States have hypertension, making it a severe and widespread issue. It is more common in individuals who are overweight, smoke cigarettes, are inactive, drink large amounts of alcohol, are older than 55, or are African American.
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Unfortunately, hypertension often does not always exhibit symptoms. About one-third of people who have hypertension don’t know that they have it. In some cases, however, if your blood pressure is very high, you may notice some symptoms. These include:
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Blood in your urine
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to seek medical care at the office of Gary E. Goff, MD. However, because hypertension often does not have any symptoms, it is very important to receive regular medical check-ups in order to detect high blood pressure at an early stage.
Dr. Goff and the team have years of experience detecting, diagnosing, and treating high blood pressure, helping patients avoid the negative outcomes that can occur if left untreated.
What are the treatment options for hypertension?
Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available for those that experience chronic hypertension. Lifestyle changes aim to lower your blood pressure. These include:
- Losing weight
- Eating healthy
- Exercising regularly
- Quitting smoking
However, for some people, this may not be enough. In addition to these lifestyle changes, the Gary E. Goff, MD, team may prescribe you hypertensive medication to keep your blood pressure in check. These may include:
- ACE inhibitors
- Calcium channel blockers
The first step toward receiving treatment and management of your hypertension is to seek medical care. Dr. Goff and his medical team can develop a comprehensive and individualized plan of care that addresses your specific needs, allowing you to live healthy and happy for years to come.
For blood pressure management, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment at the office of Gary E. Goff, MD.