Evaluation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

High blood pressure is one the most common medical disorders, resulting from a combination of genetics, age, and lifestyle (obesity, excessive alcohol intake, lack of exercise, to name a few). It is often called the “silent killer” because if undetected by a physician (or worse, untreated), results in strokes, heart attacks, blindness, and kidney failure, as well as abnormal heart rhythms. High blood pressure is the most common cause of strokes. High blood pressure treatment is often complicated, and sometimes involves screening for uncommon correctable causes of hypertension other than those listed above. High blood pressure is commonly treated by primary care providers, but often they will enlist the help of a cardiologist to assist in the management of high blood pressure.