High Blood Pressure Management in Orlando, FL

High Blood Pressure Management Orlando FLBlood pressure is a measurement of the force of blood as it pushes against the walls of the arteries while traveling from the heart to the rest of the body. High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when the blood pushes against the artery walls with greater force than normal. Hypertension can result from an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or kidney disease, or the use of some medications. It is also associated with certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, consuming a high-fat diet, being overweight, and exercising infrequently.

High blood pressure management is essential because uncontrolled hypertension can lead to several serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

How Do You Know If You Have High Blood Pressure?

In most cases, hypertension does not produce any noticeable symptoms. That’s why regular blood pressure checks are performed at every doctor visit. This simple test involves the use of a blood pressure monitor, which consists of an armband, a small pump, and a meter. After placing the band around your upper arm, a medical professional will squeeze the pump to tighten the band, then stop and observe the meter. Normal blood pressure measures less than 120 systolic (peak pressure as the heart pumps blood into the arteries) and 80 diastolic (pressure between heartbeats).

What Does High Blood Pressure Management Involve?

Controlling hypertension takes a lifelong commitment and ongoing monitoring. Usually, the first step is making lifestyle changes. For instance, your doctor can help you:

  • Stop smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Consume a low-fat diet
  • Manage stress

Additionally, your doctor may prescribe an antihypertensive medication to help lower your blood pressure to normal levels. A key component of high blood pressure management is regular blood pressure checks. If your blood pressure can only be controlled with medication, you will need to take that medication for the rest of your life.

Living With High Blood Pressure

Effective health care begins with a strong doctor-patient partnership. In fact, the most effective way to manage hypertension is to partner with a trusted doctor who knows you well. If you’re a member of Optimum Direct Care—a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Orlando, FL—that doctor is Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro.

If you’re a member of our practice and would like to learn more about high blood pressure management, or if you’re not a member and would like to become one, contact Optimum Direct Care today.

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“Dr. Muzzi goes above and beyond for her patients. She really takes the time to listen and understand my questions, thoughts, and concerns. She helps educate me while also respecting my choices and preferences, which is very important to me as a mom. I know my family is receiving the best possible care under Dr Muzzi. I’ve never experienced another doctor so passionate about truly helping her patients. She goes above and beyond for us, and we are truly grateful to have her in our lives! Her nurse Erin is awesome and takes great care of us as well!”

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“There is no better care available than with Optimum Direct Care (ODC). We have been with Dr. Muzzi and Erin for several years now. The attention to detail, quick response and holistic approach to your health is unrivaled. They provide peace of mind for always knowing you can reach your doctor anytime. There is no waiting, no repeating who you are and your history over and over. No making multiple calls to the doctors office for requesting your prescription refills or holding your breath to be able to make an appointment for urgent care. We love the direct care model as we were part of another similar practice in the area before coming to Dr Muzzi. However they charged not only premium prices for monthly membership but in addition a top dollar price for every visit. With ODC it is just your monthly membership fee. Our family highly recommends Dr. Muzzi and ODC. They feel like our extended family. ”

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