It’s no secret that millions of Americans have high blood pressure. But you might be surprised to know that only about half have their high blood pressure under control. For some, having high blood pressure is the result of not being aware of their blood pressure or not recognizing the importance of good blood pressure control. But others are dealing with resistant hypertension, meaning that despite taking appropriate medications and making positive lifestyle changes, high blood pressure persists.
Matthew Schumaecker, M.D., sees the effects of hypertension in patients daily and wants to raise awareness about the importance of preventing and controlling high blood pressure, “Hypertension is one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the U.S. as it can cause kidney failure, congestive heart failure, heart attack and stroke.”
Most patients with hypertension should be able to get their blood pressure under control with the right combination of medication and lifestyle interventions. This can include fine-tuning medications, managing weight appropriately, watching salt intake and testing for other medical conditions that can cause hypertension.
“Patients with resistant hypertension need to work closely with their health care providers to keep their blood pressure under optimal control in order to prevent serious health problems later in life,” added Dr. Schumaecker.
Dr. Schumaecker treats patients with resistant hypertension at Carilion Clinic Cardiology. He is certified by the American Society of Hypertension as a “Designated Specialist in Clinical Hypertension.”