High Blood Pressure/Hypertension Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

The highly-trained primary care physicians at 9th Street Internal Medicine have extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients for high blood pressure. They will take the time to fully evaluate your symptoms and discuss your treatment options. Call (215) 440-8681 to schedule an appointment at our office in Philadelphia, PA today!

What is Hypertension?

A very common condition, hypertension, or high blood pressure, is when the force of blood against your artery walls is too high. Because blood pressure is a measure of how much blood your heart pumps and how resistant your arteries are to blood flow, narrow arteries generally means high blood pressure. Over time, high blood pressure can cause a great deal of health problems including heart disease.

Types of Hypertension

While high blood pressure is often grouped into one general category, there are actually two categories:

Primary Hypertension

Primary hypertension is when there is no direct cause. This type most commonly occurs in adults, and develops over the course of a number of years.

Secondary Hypertension

Secondary hypertension occurs when there is an existing condition or direct cause. This type will appear suddenly and will cause a much higher blood pressure than primary hypertension. Conditions such as sleep apnea, thyroid problems, and kidney issues as well as alcohol or drug abuse can lead to secondary hypertension.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

Because high blood pressure is so common, there are a number of different causes. Many of the most common include:

  • Obesity
  • A high sodium diet.
  • Alcohol or tobacco abuse.
  • Old age.
  • High stress.
  • Chronic conditions or a family history of high blood pressure.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Lack of physical activity.

Diagnosis

In order to properly diagnose high blood pressure, a healthcare professional will measure your blood pressure using a gauge that goes around your arm. This gauge will measure both systolic pressure, the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, and diastolic pressure, or the pressure between beats.

The following gives an idea of what your blood pressure levels indicate:

  • Normal Blood Pressure
    Systolic: 120 / Diastolic: 80
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
    Systolic: 120-129 / Diastolic: Below 80
  • Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic: 130-199 / Diastolic: 80-89
  • Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic: 140 / Diastolic: 90

In addition to a blood pressure test, your doctor may suggest further monitoring, such as ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, or tests such as a urinalysis, blood test, or cholesterol test.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor may prescribe you a number of various medications. Some of the most common types may include:

  • Diuretics
  • Beta Blockers
  • Renin Inhibitors
  • Angiotensin-converting and receptor blockers
  • Alpha and alpha-beta blockers

In addition, there are a number of lifestyle changes that you will be asked to make to treat your hypertension. These may include:

  • Decreasing sodium in your diet
  • Ceasing smoking and limiting alcohol consumption
  • Losing weight
  • Creating consistent exercise plans
  • Practicing relaxation and breathing
  • Eating healthy foods

If you are experiencing symptoms of high blood pressure, or would like to discuss options to prevent them, contact 9th Street Internal Medicine today.

Call us at (215) 440-8681

COVID-19 Vaccine


We are sorry to inform you that, although we had originally planned to partner with Centennial Pharmacy Services to administer the COVID 19 vaccine shots in our office, we will be unable to
do so.

We realize that this is disappointing to many of you, as we were hoping to make it easy for our patients to obtain the vaccine. However, the Philadelphia Health Department has decided to not distribute COVID Vaccine through physician offices but to focus instead on retail pharmacies, large mega-sites, collaborative arrangements with community groups, places of worship and large hospital systems.

We recommend that you go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia Health department websites as well as those neighborhood pharmacies to find a vaccination location near you to schedule your shot. See the links below. If you are physically unable to leave your home, call our office and we can help you arrange to have a nurse come to your home to administer the vaccine.

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

https://covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov/?lang=en-US

Please be sure to let us know when you’ve been fully vaccinated and we will update your health record.

WE URGE ALL OF OUR PATIENTS TO GET THE VACCINE. If you have any concerns about the safety, effectiveness, rapidity of development or other issues regarding the COVID vaccines, please contact your primary care provider at NSIM.

Please be sure to let us know when you’ve been fully vaccinated and we will update your health record. Once you have been vaccinated, please follow the CDC guidelines to fully protect yourself and others. https://ww.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.fully-vaccinated.html

Please be patient. No one will be truly safe until everyone in our country who desires the vaccine has received it.  Please continue to wear your mask when outside of your home, maintain social distance, wash your hands, and follow other guidelines from the health department and CDC. Once you receive the vaccine, you will need to strictly maintain these precautions at all times until our public health officials tell us otherwise.

Wishing you good health,

The NSIM and MDVIP physicians, Nurse practitioners, and Staff

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