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High Blood Pressure Treatment in Fargo

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Over 70 million Americans are affected by hypertension and only half of the people with high blood pressure have it under control. Untreated hypertension can increase a person’s risk for serious heart conditions including organ damage, stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, and heart disease. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or believe you may have high blood pressure, the medical providers at Altaire Clinic can help

High blood pressure means that the pressure inside the blood vessels is too high. A practitioner will look at a patient’s diastolic and systolic blood pressure readings to determine whether they have high blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading and it measures the pressure when the heart is contracting and pushing blood through the body. This number should be under 120. Diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number in a BP reading and it measures the pressure when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood. A good diastolic number is under 80.

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Treatment & Management of High Blood Pressure

There are two types of hypertension:

  • Essential or primary hypertension
  • Secondary hypertension

The most common type of hypertension is primary, which develops gradually over time. There is no known cause.

Secondary hypertension can be caused by certain medications or it may be caused by an underlying health issue, such as kidney problems or thyroid disease. Fortunately, this type of hypertension can be reversed once the underlying medical condition has been treated.

Certain factors can increase a person’s risk of developing primary hypertension, such as:

  • Alcohol use
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Gender
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Age



High blood pressure often has no noticeable symptoms, even when a person’s blood pressure reading is very high. Because of the lack of symptoms, hypertension often goes undetected for several years.

Hypertension Treatment

Hypertension is usually treated with medications. Medications can include diuretics to lower excess volume in the system, meds that slow the heart rate and make it pump more effectively, and meds that can help dilate the blood vessels. Treatment can depend on how high your blood pressure is and whether you have other health issues, such as organ damage or diabetes.

Your provider will give you a blood pressure goal, which is based on your age and health.

Reaching your blood pressure goal and achieving normal blood pressure levels can be accomplished by taking your medication as directed and by making important lifestyle changes.

Effective lifestyle changes that can help you manage hypertension include:

  • Regular exercise, including weight training and aerobic exercise
  • Incorporating more physical activity daily
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting sodium intake
  • Maintaining normal weight
  • Losing extra weight
  • Limiting alcohol to two drinks daily


Losing weight is one of the best ways a patient can lower their blood pressure. Obesity or being overweight is a major risk factor for high blood pressure, so losing weight can have a huge impact on your daily blood pressure.


Exercising regularly can help to lower your blood pressure. It is recommended to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week to ensure a healthy cardiovascular system. Even exercises such as walking can have a huge impact on a person’s blood pressure.


Studies have shown that a healthy diet is one of the best ways a person can manage their hypertension. Limiting sodium intake and focusing on incorporating more fruits and veggies can help lower blood pressure and aids in weight loss.


Limiting alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks to no more than two drinks daily can also help to lower blood pressure levels.


Smokers are at a higher risk of complications and an elevated risk of heart disease.


Stress can be unavoidable at times, but a person with hypertension must do their best to avoid chronic stress that can elevate their blood pressure. Exercising, meditating, or spending time outdoors, can help to naturally lower blood pressure levels.


Visit your medical provider at Altaire Clinic regularly. This is important for everyone but especially important for people diagnosed with high blood pressure. A provider can monitor blood pressure levels and other vitals and can prescribe medications that can help a patient control their blood pressure. They can also suggest lifestyle changes that can have a major positive impact on a patient’s health.

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Why High Blood Pressure Is Dangerous

Blood pressure is the amount of force that occurs when the blood pushes against the arterial walls. Every time the heart pumps, it’s exerting force. Some level of pressure is necessary to keep the blood flowing, but too much pressure can be dangerous.

When blood pressure is at a dangerously high level it can cause damage and can break down the walls of arteries and veins. High blood pressure can also increase a person’s risk of heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke. Since high blood pressure doesn’t usually present symptoms, regular provider visits are important.

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The Risks of Untreated High Blood Pressure

If a person with high blood pressure does not seek medical treatment it can lead to a variety of health issues including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Damage to the upper respiratory system

High blood pressure can weaken the heart, preventing it from functioning efficiently. As unchecked high blood pressure continues to weaken the heart, portions of the heart can become diseased. Untreated hypertension can also cause other health issues that can harm the circulatory system.

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If you’re among the millions of American adults with hypertension, knowing how to control it and lower it quickly is important. At Altaire Clinic our providers can help you manage your high blood pressure, recommend lifestyle changes, provide nutrition counseling to teach you how to make healthier food choices, and prescribe medication to help you manage your hypertension. Contact our facility today to schedule a consult and let us teach you how you can manage your high blood pressure, safely and effectively.

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