High Blood Pressure

Thomas J. Purgason, MD, FACP, PA

Internal Medicine located in Arlington, TX

High Blood Pressure carries risks for more serious complications and can indicate problems about your heart health. At his private practice in Arlington, Texas, hard-working Internal Medicine physician, Thomas J. Purgason, MD, helps you to regulate your blood pressure and improve the health of your circulatory system. From testing to medications and lifestyle changes, Dr. Purgason is here to help.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition involving the circulatory system. If you have high blood pressure, this means your blood flow is frequently exhibiting too much force against your artery walls. High blood pressure can lead to a number of complications, such as heart disease, if it continues over time.

Dr. Purgason evaluates your blood pressure by measuring the amount of blood pumping from your heart and how resistant your arteries are to the blood flow. High blood pressure typically means your heart is pumping too much blood or your arteries are too narrow.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure doesn’t usually have any symptoms. Some of the symptoms might include:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

Most people don’t realize they have high blood pressure, so it’s best to have regular visits with a qualified physician like Dr. Purgason.

What causes high blood pressure?

There are different types of high blood pressure and various causes and contributing factors.

Primary hypertension

Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that happens gradually over many years without a clear cause.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension can occur in an instant, usually due to an underlying condition. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, such as:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic excess alcohol consumption
  • Kidney complications
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Illegal drugs like amphetamines

Certain medications, such as birth control pills, prescription drugs, and cold remedies, can also increase your risk.

High blood pressure can lead to complications, such as memory loss, heart failure, and metabolic syndrome if it isn’t properly controlled. Call the office today to schedule your appointment.