Posts for: August, 2019
Keep your blood pressure in check with medication and simple lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure didn’t get the nickname “silent killer” for nothing. After all, if left untreated, hypertension can damage blood vessels and cause other serious health problems that you may not even notice until it’s too late. Even though there is no cure for high blood pressure, our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, can create an effective treatment plan to help manage your condition—read on to learn more!
Make Changes to Your Lifestyle
Even if you haven't been officially diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, particularly if you are at an increased risk for high blood pressure. In fact, there are simple changes you can make to your daily routine in order to stay healthy. These changes include,
- Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
- Managing stress
- Limiting alcohol
- Getting regular physical activity
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in sodium
- Reading labels and taking medication as instructed by your doctor
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
When it comes to your blood pressure, you should know your numbers. By regularly checking your blood pressure, you can ensure that you are in healthy shape and find out if you should visit your doctor in Brandon, FL, for care. Closely monitoring your blood pressure is also a good way to determine if any new medication is actually working.
Take Your Medication
Chances are good that anyone with high blood pressure will need to take medication for the rest of their lives in order to manage their condition. Those with consistently high blood pressure readings may be prescribed,
- Calcium channel blockers
- Thiazide diuretics
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
Other medications that may be combined with traditional blood pressure medications include,
- Beta blockers
- Alpha blockers
- Renin inhibitors
- Aldosterone antagonists
Biggers Family Medicine has a new home at 538 Wilbur St., Brandon, FL, 33511. If you are concerned about your blood pressure or you have questions about treating high blood pressure, call us at (813) 655-4646. Please note that we also have a new fax number: (855) 366-8430.
Do you have pain in the joints of your knees, fingers, toes, back, or neck? If so, you may have arthritis. While it is indeed true that arthritis is more likely to be a problem as you grow older, it is still possible to develop it at a relatively young age if you've had a significant joint injury. Fortunately, your St. Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine, can help you manage your painful arthritis symptoms. Read on to learn more!
Common arthritis symptoms
Arthritis affects the joints, destroying the bone-cushioning cartilage within them and, in some cases, eventually damaging the bones themselves. While you've probably heard of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis, those aren't the only forms of the disease—in fact, there are more than 100 types of arthritis!
If you have arthritis, you may experience:
- Joint Pain and Stiffness: Are your joints painful and stiff when you first wake up or after a period of inactivity? Arthritis may be to blame, especially if the pain worsens at the end of the day.
- Decreased Range of Motion: Movement of your joints may be restricted due to the disease.
- Swelling and Other Symptoms: Depending on the type of arthritis you have, the skin over the joint may swell, turn red, and feel warm to the touch.
- Bone Spurs: Bone spurs can form over arthritic joints.
- Cracking: You may hear cracking sounds when you bend or move the joint.
How you can ease arthritis symptoms
If you have arthritis, it's important to:
- Keep Moving: Although moving may sound like a bad idea when your joints hurt, moving actually reduces stiffness and pain.
- Stretch and Strengthen: Whether you go to physical therapy or perform stretching exercises on your own, exercises improve flexibility and range of motion. It's also important to strengthen the muscles that support your joints.
- Visit Your Brandon Doctor: Your doctor can prescribe medications that not only reduce pain but also decrease inflammation. The drugs prescribed vary depending on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of the disease. When arthritis is severe, surgery may be helpful.
Need relief? Contact us
Ease your arthritis pain with a visit to your primary care physician. Call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment.