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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Merit Health Care, P.C.

Nephrologists located in Sylacauga, AL & Talladega, AL

If you have high blood pressure, you’re more likely to develop other health complications, including kidney disease. At Merit Health Care, PC, Ghayas Habach, MD, MPH, offers high blood pressure screenings in-office to reduce your risk for kidney damage. The team can help you make lifestyle changes that naturally lower your blood pressure or prescribe medications to protect your kidney function and overall health. Call the office in Sylacauga or Talladega, Alabama, today to schedule a high blood pressure consultation or book an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is the measurement of the force of your blood against the blood vessel walls. When you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it means that the force is too great and, without treatment, can cause damage to your vessels and other health complications.

High blood pressure can be particularly harmful to your kidney function. Your kidneys are responsible for removing excess waste and fluids out of your body through urine.

When you have high blood pressure, it can weaken and narrow the blood vessels in the kidneys. This can reduce blood flow through your kidneys, and the organs may not be able to function as they should, potentially leading to chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

While anyone can develop high blood pressure, your risk for the condition may increase because of your age, family history, or weight challenges.

An unhealthy lifestyle also contributes to high blood pressure. If you eat too much salt, drink too much alcohol, or don’t get enough daily physical activity, you may be at increased risk for high blood pressure. Smoking can also contribute to elevated blood pressure levels.

Your risk for kidney complications due to high blood pressure can increase if you have diabetes or a family history of kidney failure. Certain ethnicities may also be at a higher risk, especially African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics.

If you already have kidney disease, it elevates your risk of developing high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

You can have high blood pressure without any symptoms, so it’s important that you get regular blood pressure checks.

The team at Merit Health Care, PC, offers customized treatment plans to get your blood pressure under control. Your treatment may involve a combination of lifestyle changes, diet modifications, and medications.

Dr. Habach can also evaluate your kidney function to ensure high blood pressure isn’t damaging your kidneys. If you have kidney damage or existing kidney disease, he can also design a plan to address it and prevent kidney failure.

To schedule an evaluation for high blood pressure, call the Merit Health Care, PC, office nearest to you today or book an appointment online.