Hypertension services offered in throughout SE Michigan

When left untreated, hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common cause of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and other life-threatening complications. At Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, in Livonia, Michigan, the skilled specialists offer highly effective treatments for hypertension to keep you healthy with a low risk of complications. Call the Detroit metropolitan area office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a common disease risk factor that develops when the pressure inside the blood vessel walls is too high. That can then cause narrowing of the vessels and make your heart work harder than it’s designed to. See the experts at Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, to get screened for hypertension.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

There usually are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, which is why routine screening is vital. If you do develop symptoms, such as headache, shortness of breath, or nose bleeds, it’s usually a sign of a severe, advanced stage of hypertension.

What are the risk factors for hypertension?

Kidney disease is a common cause of developing hypertension. Other risk factors include:

  • Family history of hypertension
  • Aging
  • Excess body weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor nutritional habits
  • Smoking
  • Too much alcohol
  • Stress
  • Too little dietary potassium
  • Too much dietary sodium
  • Some medical conditions

Your chance of having hypertension also increases if you have sleep apnea, diabetes, or other chronic conditions.

How does my provider diagnose hypertension?

To screen you for hypertension, a Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, specialist places a blood pressure cuff around your arm and uses a specialized machine to evaluate pressure inside blood vessel walls. The procedure is noninvasive, simple, and fast.  

Your provider also reviews your medical history, potential symptoms, medication regimen, and lifestyle habits. They complete a physical exam and order blood testing or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out additional problems.

How is hypertension treated?

The main treatments for hypertension include:

Lifestyle changes

Reduce sodium, eat high-fiber foods, get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly to minimize hypertension. Reduce stress, avoid smoking, and don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol. 


Taking medications reduces high blood pressure if lifestyle changes haven’t worked or your levels are dangerously high.

Disease management

If you have another chronic disease, such as diabetes or kidney disease, it’s important to manage it properly to reduce the chance of developing hypertension. 

To get screened or treated for hypertension, call the Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC office, or schedule an appointment online today.