Shawn Hamilton, MD
Internists located in Irvine, CA
One out of three U.S. adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), and about only half have it under control. Without proper hypertension management, you are increasing your risk of severe health complications. Shawn Hamilton, MD, an internal medicine specialist in Irvine, California, can help you take charge of your high blood pressure with safe, effective, and personalized treatment plans. If you are struggling with hypertension, call Dr. Hamilton’s office or schedule an appointment online today.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension is commonly referred to as high blood pressure. Your body is consistently using a pressured force to push blood throughout. Doctors measure blood pressure by the force the body exerts to push against blood vessel walls. In hypertension, this pressure is at a consistently high level.
When you have high blood pressure, it can cause your body stress. This stress can create health complications, such as:
- Enlarged heart
- Heart failure
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Heart attack
- Kidney disease/failure
The complications associated with high blood pressure span more than just these chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, high blood pressure doesn’t give off any signs or symptoms. The best and most effective way to get ahead of complications associated with hypertension is scheduling regular blood pressure checks with Dr. Hamilton. She can monitor your blood pressure and help you maintain healthy levels.
What causes high blood pressure?
There are many causes of hypertension. Some of the most common are:
- Poor health/diet
- Too much weight
- A passive lifestyle
- Smoking/tobacco use
- High alcohol intake
- High stress and anger
If you identify with these causes of high blood pressure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamilton to have your blood pressure checked. She will take a quick reading of your blood pressure and guide you with a personalized treatment plan.
How do I reduce my blood pressure?
There are many different ways to reduce blood pressure levels in your body, depending on the severity of your hypertension. For those that have more mild cases, Dr. Hamilton may suggest changes in your diet and lifestyle to reduce high blood pressure naturally. She will work with you to create a completely custom diet and exercise plan or help you stop smoking.
For cases that are more severe, some medications can help regulate pressure levels in your body. These medications combined with improved diet and lifestyle choices can make a positive impact on your body.
If you think you are struggling with hypertension or if you want to get checked for your peace of mind, call or schedule an appointment online today. Dr. Hamilton can help you better understand your body and potential treatment plans.