Hypertension

Michelle Sturdivant, NP -  - Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Healthworx Family Clinic

Michelle Sturdivant, NP

Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner located in Edmond, OK

Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, or high blood pressure, which increases their risk of having a stroke or heart attack. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, offers various hypertension treatments using lifestyle changes and medications when necessary. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine practice offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Call to learn more or use the online scheduler today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood against blood vessels is consistently too high. When this happens, your heart works harder than it’s supposed to, and heart disease can develop. Fortunately, hypertension is highly treatable, and early detection greatly reduces your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

What are the risk factors for hypertension?

Various factors increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Examples include:

  • Chronic stress
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Being sedentary
  • Older age
  • Being African American
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Using tobacco products
  • Too much sodium in your diet
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Too little dietary potassium

Having certain health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, also increases your risk of developing high blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Chances are you won’t experience symptoms if you have hypertension. That’s why regular blood pressure screenings at Healthworx Family Clinic are so important. If you do experience symptoms, your blood pressure might be dangerously high, and you might notice nosebleeds, shortness of breath, or headaches.

How is hypertension treated?

At Healthworx Family Clinic, Michelle focuses on natural remedies for lowering blood pressure in addition to prescribing medications. Your treatment plan might include:

Lifestyle modifications

Altering lifestyle habits helps lower blood pressure naturally, which is often more desirable than taking blood pressure medications. Michelle may suggest you eat less sodium, consume more potassium-rich foods, and reduce alcohol.

She helps you lose weight if you’re overweight, works with you to create a regular exercise program, refers you to a smoking cessation program if necessary, and recommends ways to manage stress in your life – such as meditation, yoga, massage, and deep breathing techniques.

Medications

Michelle prescribes medications to lower blood pressure and treat additional health conditions, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, as needed. She works with you to find medications that best match your individualized needs.

Michelle monitors your blood pressure regularly and adjusts medications when necessary to ensure it stays within a normal range. 

Don’t let high blood pressure cause heart problems when simple solutions are within reach at Healthworx Family Clinic. Call for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.