Susan Manella, DO
Primary Care Physician located in
Pembroke Pines, FL
Dr. Susan Manella is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American College of Osteopathic General Practitioners (ACOGP). Dr. Manella has been practicing Family Medicine in Broward County, Florida, since 1987. She emphasizes preventative medicine, non-surgical weight loss and lifestyle modification.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is the medical distinction for high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the measure of he pressure of the blood in the circulatory system, often measured for diagnosis since it is closely related to the rate of the heartbeat and the measure and elasticity of the arterial walls. Blood doesn’t move efficiently through narrow arteries, which causes the heart to pump harder. This requires more power to move the blood so it hits the arteries harder, which causes your blood pressure to rise.
What causes high blood pressure?
There is a wide range of factors for hypertension, however for most patients, there is no clear indicator why they develop the condition. It is considered to be a normal part of the aging process. The walls of the arteries become more elastic over time and blood flow becomes less efficient.
Secondary hypertension implies there is a known reason, or underlying condition. It be a response to a medication or be a side effect of a particular disease. Conditions of secondary hypertension usually include:
- Kidney problems
- Adrenal tumors
- Thyroid disease
- Congenital defects in the heart or arteries
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Obstructive sleep apnea
The initial phase in hypertension treatment will be to determine the root cause for your increased blood pressure.
What are the treatment options for high blood pressure?
Dr. Manella may recommend a low-salt diet to minimize your sodium consumption. Individuals over the age of 51 years old should restrict their salt consumption to 1,500 mg / day.
Healthy eating and exercise can help managing weight, which is a key component in controlling hypertension. In the event that lifestyle changes are insufficient to control the issue, there are medications like diuretics and beta blockers that can be prescribed.