Hypertension Specialist

Farmbrook Internal Medicine

Joseph Hagen, DO

Internal Medicine located in Bingham Farms, MI

One out of five Americans remains unaware they have hypertension according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joseph Hagen, DO, is a distinguished internal medicine physician offering an array of effective screenings, tests, and treatments for hypertension for men and women at Farmbrook Internal Medicine PC in Bingham Farms, Michigan. Dr. Hagen works with you to regulate your blood pressure and improve your heart health with innovative treatments and quality, personalized care. Call or book online to get started.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition where the force of your blood is frequently too high against the walls of your arteries. If you continue to have high blood pressure, it could lead to various complications over time, such as heart disease.

Dr. Hagen can assess your blood pressure by measuring the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to the blood flow there is in your arteries. If you have high blood pressure, this usually means your arteries have narrowed and your heart is pumping excess blood.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

The symptoms of hypertension include:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

Many people are unaware they have hypertension, so it’s important to be assessed by a physician like Dr. Hagen regularly.

What causes hypertension?

There are different causes and types of hypertension.

Primary hypertension

Primary hypertension occurs gradually over many years and doesn’t have a clear cause.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension can happen instantly, often due to an underlying condition.

Certain factors can heighten your risk of developing hypertension, such as:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Kidney complications
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Illegal drugs, such as amphetamines

Certain medications, such as prescription drugs, cold remedies, and birth control pills can also heighten your risk for hypertension.

 

When hypertension isn’t properly controlled, it can lead to complications, such as heart failure, memory loss, and metabolic syndrome.

What are the treatments for hypertension?

Dr. Hagen checks your blood pressure, assesses your medical history, performs a physical exam, and recommends any additional testing when necessary. Dr. Hagen might discuss healthy lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet and frequent exercise.

To help lower your blood pressure, Dr. Hagen might recommend quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Dr. Hagen offers a number of effective medications to assist you in regulating your blood pressure. Dr. Hagen and the Farmbrook Internal Medicine staff provide you with valuable information on how to keep your heart as safe as possible.

If you’re concerned about your heart health and dealing with hypertension, call Farmbrook Internal Medicine PC or click to book online.