Hypertension Specialist

Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics

Aesthetics & Family Medicine located in Knoxville, TN

About one in three American adults has hypertension today, but only about half have it adequately controlled. While hypertension is a serious condition, it doesn’t have to be deadly if you get help from a skilled health care provider like nurse practitioner Robert Martin, APN at Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics in Knoxville, Tennessee. Schedule your appointment by phone or through the online tool to get hypertension help today.

Hypertension

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Your blood pressure readings, which your nurse practitioner checks whenever you come to Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics, reveal whether you have healthy blood pressure, low blood pressure, or hypertension.

Hypertension can lead to serious and possibly fatal health problems, including heart attack, heart failure, or aneurysm if you don't get help.

What do my blood pressure numbers mean?

Blood pressure readings are two numbers, such as 118/78 mmHg. The first number is your systolic blood pressure, the amount of pressure your blood puts on your arteries during heartbeats. The second number is your diastolic blood pressure, the amount of pressure between heartbeats.

Healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg. If one or both numbers are higher, you have pre-hypertension or hypertension.

  • Pre-hypertension: 120-139 and 80-89 mmHg
  • Stage one hypertension: 140-159 or 90-99 mmHg
  • Stage two hypertension: 160 or 100 mmHg or higher
  • Hypertensive crisis: 180 or 120 mmHg or higher

If you're diagnosed with pre-hypertension or any other stage of hypertension, it's crucial that you get help to lower your blood pressure and keep it at healthy levels.

What is the treatment for hypertension?

At Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics, nurse practitioner Robert designs your hypertension treatment plan according to your individual needs.

In many cases, lifestyle changes like weight loss, getting more exercise, and changing your eating habits can lower your blood pressure to a normal healthy range. But, you may need blood pressure medication as well.

If you need blood pressure medication, take it precisely as directed, and don't stop using it after your blood pressure stabilizes at a healthy level unless you're told to do so by your medical care professional.  Check with Robert before you make any medication changes or before you add any new medication that he didn't prescribe.

Depending on your situation, Robert may also recommend that you monitor your blood pressure at home. If you do so and you have any significant blood pressure spikes, it's important to reach out for help right away.

As long as you adhere to your hypertension management plan, you can have healthy blood pressure and good overall health again. Book your appointment at Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics by phone or through the online scheduler today.