Hypertension Specialist

Austin Powers Medical Group

Internal Medicine Physicians & Nephrologist located in San Jose, CA

Hypertension is a life-threatening but often silent condition signaled by shortness of breath, nosebleeds, and headaches. At Austin Powers Medical Group in San Jose, California, Dr. Suzanne Austin helps patients maintain heart health with routine screenings and personalized, professional care. Book your visit today by calling or clicking online to schedule.

Hypertension

Austin Powers Medical Group

What causes hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, happens when your arteries start to narrow. As the blood pumping through your veins encounters more resistance, high blood pressure develops. This process generally takes years but can happen more quickly if you have an underlying medical issue or a genetic factor that causes hypertension.

Some of the most common causes of hypertension include:

  • Kidney problems
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid or adrenal conditions
  • Smoking
  • Too much salt in your diet
  • Too little vitamin D or potassium

Hypertension tends to run in families, and it can increase during times of stress.  

If you don’t get treatment for hypertension, the condition can lead to a number of health problems, including heart disease, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

There are often no symptoms when you have hypertension. Some people can go years without any problems. If you do have signs of the condition, however, these may include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Facial flushing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in vision
  • Blood in your urine

The best way to know if your symptoms are related to hypertension is to get regular blood pressure screenings. Dr. Austin performs these and other heart-health checks right in the office.

What does treatment for hypertension include?

If Dr. Austin finds you have regularly high blood pressure, she may recommend a number of different routine tests, including a urine test, cholesterol test, or an electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures the electrical activity of your heart.

Treatment for hypertension is different for each individual, but generally includes:

  • Medication to lower your blood pressure
  • Dietary changes to improve heart health and lower sodium intake
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Losing weight or aiming to maintain a healthy weight

Monitoring your blood pressure at home is also a good way to get to know your body and keep your heart healthy after a hypertension diagnosis.

With specialties in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Austin can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms and get the care you need. Contact the office today by calling or scheduling a consultation online.