Hypertension Specialist

Scott C. Hippeard, MD -  - General Medicine

Scott C. Hippeard, MD

General Medicine & Aesthetics located in Roanoke, VA

Hypertension is often known as a silent killer because the condition can affect your health without a single symptom. At his medical practice in Roanoke, Virginia, Scott C. Hippeard, MD, offers on-site diagnosis and treatment services for hypertension to prevent long-term health complications. If you have a family history of hypertension or are worried about your blood pressure, schedule a thorough evaluation by calling the office.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition where the force of your blood against the blood vessel walls is too strong. The increased pressure develops over time, often due to an age-related narrowing of your vessel walls or because of an underlying medical factor.

In primary hypertension, you may develop elevated blood pressure without any specific cause. In secondary hypertension, a blood pressure increase may be the result of:

  • Heart defects
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Medication side effects

High blood pressure may also be the result of your lifestyle, especially when you don’t eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise, or are under too much stress.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms until the increase in blood pressure is so high that it’s already causing damage to your health.

When pressure is too high for too long, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Chest pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Shortness of breath

Because of the lack of symptoms, Dr. Hippeard recommends routine health checks where he evaluates your blood pressure levels. More frequent visits may be necessary if you’re at risk for hypertension due to your family history or existing medical conditions.

What treatments are available for hypertension?

Initially, Dr. Hippeard may recommend changes to your routine, such as reducing stress, eating healthy, and getting daily physical activity.

If these changes aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure naturally, Dr. Hippeard may recommend medication therapy to relax your vessels and improve blood flow.

When hypertension relates to an existing health condition, Dr. Hippeard can create a treatment plan to address it without increasing your blood pressure. Since some medications, including those intended for colds and birth control, can be the cause of high blood pressure, Dr. Hippeard may suggest changes to your medications to protect your overall health.

The goal of treatment is to keep blood pressure well-controlled for the long-term and prevent additional health complications, including potentially life-threatening heart diseases and stroke.

Find out more about treating and preventing hypertension by calling Dr. Hippeard’s office today.