High Blood Pressure

North City Urgent Care

Daniel Bekele, MD, AP

Urgent Care & Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO

High blood pressure and diabetes are often connected, and both issues pose a serious risk to your health. If you feel at risk of high blood pressure and live in the greater St. Louis area, stop into North City Urgent Care for a medical evaluation with Dr. Daniel Bekele and discover the best treatment options available to you. Get checked for high blood pressure and prevent complications from arising. For faster service, pre-register using the online portal.

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, occurs when your blood pumps through your arteries with too much force. In turn, this intense pressure weakens and stresses your arteries. 

If you have hypertension, you’re not alone. It’s the most common cardiovascular disease in America, affecting 30% of adults.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Dr. Bekele determines your blood pressure by measuring the amount of blood your heart pumps in opposition to the resistance of blood flow in your arteries. The narrower your arteries are and the harder and faster your heart pumps to circulate blood, the higher your blood pressure will be.

There’s no identifiable cause of high blood pressure, but symptoms can include headaches, nosebleeds, and shortness of breath.

High blood pressure or hypertension can develop for years without any symptoms, and can damage blood vessels. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be detected without the presence of symptoms.

What are the risks of high blood pressure?

Because there are usually no symptoms for hypertension, checking your blood pressure regularly is very important. This condition is known as “the silent killer,” and must be treated as early as it is detected.

Left untreated, a host of serious health complications from high blood pressure can arise, including:

  • Blood vessel damage
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Kidney failure
  • Memory and cognitive issues
  • Dementia
  • Eye vessel damage

Hypertension can also cause sexual dysfunction, sleep deprivation due to obstructive sleep apnea, and bone loss.

How do you diagnose and treat high blood pressure?

Dr. Bekele measures your blood pressure in the clinic, but may recommend additional tests, such as:

  • Blood tests
  • An electrocardiogram
  • A cholesterol test
  • A urine test (urinalysis)
  • An echocardiogram
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Some of these tests are designed to check for heart disease. In addition to these tests, you can be more involved in your health by purchasing a blood pressure monitor for home use. The good news is, they’re relatively inexpensive.

Medication is commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Other things you can do to lower your blood pressure include:

  • Consuming less salt
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Losing weight (if overweight/obese) or maintaining a healthy weight

If you’re in St. Louis and suspect you may have developed high blood pressure, visit North City Urgent Care. Walk-ins are always welcome.