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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“My husband and I were in search of a new physician when my neighbor mentioned that we should meet Dr Toni Muzzinigro who was a “Direct Primary Care” physician. We were not familiar with the term and were very intrigued. We made an initial appointment with her and learned so many things that we didn’t think existed anymore. Her main focus is on the patient and not the insurance companies! When she doesn’t have to worry about the bureaucracy and red tape of insurance companies, she has so much more time to listen to the patient and come up with a truly great level of care. The patient comes first and foremost. Our initial appointment was so thorough. She wanted to know every aspect of our past records. I felt like she really cared about us and her main goal was to keep us as healthy as possible. During our annual appointments, Dr. Muzzi schedules enough time to go over every concern you may have. Her explanations of test results are very thorough, and she is very knowledgeable of up to date medical breakthroughs. There have been some times during the year that we needed a doctor’s advice quickly. She is available to us basically 24/7. You can get in touch with her via phone, text, or video conferencing. Many things can be handled in a quick and timely manner. However, if there is a need to see her personally, getting in to see her doesn’t take weeks. Usually, you can make an appointment the very next day. How comforting is it to know that your doctor is always available to you and truly cares about your wellbeing! That is worth its weight in gold! Her staff are an added bonus! They run the office efficiently and take care of any other needs we may have. Another great advantage is that Dr. Muzzi has a network of specialists, labs, and resources available to us and at a discounted rate and free generic prescriptions. Personally, we like the fact that someone can help us navigate the medical system and direct us in the right direction. I simply can’t say enough. Dr. Muzzi has become our doctor as well as a good friend. She will always have our best interest at heart and her main goal is to provide the highest level of care. We are so thankful to have found Dr. Muzzi and Optimum Direct Care.”

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