Hypertension Specialist

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD -  - Cardiology

Summit Medical Associates LLC

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD

Cardiology located in Fort Wayne, IN & Topeka, IN

Hypertension silently damages your blood vessels and, later, the organs that they run through. At Summit Medical Associates LLC in Fort Wayne and Topeka, Indiana, Bhaktavatsala Apuri, MD, manages and treats hypertension with an emphasis on lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity, smoking cessation, and weight loss. To schedule an evaluation and determine if you have hypertension or are at risk, call Summit Medical Associates LLC or request an appointment online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, another term for high blood pressure, describes a high force against your blood vessel walls as blood rushes through them. That can damage your blood vessels and the organs that they supply, like your kidneys, heart, or eyes. 

Compared to other risky cardiovascular conditions, hypertension is especially sinister because it usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. It can do extensive damage to your blood vessels, accumulating over the years without your knowledge. That’s why it’s important to get regular blood pressure readings, which Dr. Apuri can perform at Summit Medical Associates LLC.

Without management, high blood pressure can get worse over time and contribute to life-threatening complications like heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm.

Which type of hypertension do I have?

There are two types of hypertension with different causes, and Dr. Apuri specializes in diagnosing and managing both. You might have:

Primary hypertension

Primary hypertension appears over time and doesn’t come from any detectable underlying illness. Instead, you might develop it due in part to your genes, normal physical changes in the body as you age, or issues with your lifestyle like a lack of physical activity. 

Secondary hypertension

If you have secondary hypertension, Dr. Apuri can easily link your diagnosis to another disease that causes it. Secondary hypertension tends to be more severe than primary hypertension and comes as a symptom of conditions like kidney disease, alcoholism, obstructive sleep apnea, and thyroid dysfunction. 

How is hypertension treated?

At Summit Medical Associates LLC, Dr. Apuri dedicates time to assessing and managing your hypertension and its causes. With either of the two varieties, you probably need to make some lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure to a safer level. Attempting to control blood pressure without medication is usually the first step, and Dr. Apuri might suggest:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Losing weight
  • Eating a healthy, well-rounded diet
  • Reducing sodium consumption
  • Reducing caffeine
  • Finding a beneficial stress relief strategy
  • Monitoring your blood pressure regularly

Lifestyle changes can make a big difference for some, but they might not be the sole treatment for hypertension. Dr. Apuri can prescribe and manage medications that lower your blood pressure, like beta-blockers, diuretics, or calcium channel blockers. 

Specific treatments for underlying causes of secondary hypertension might also be necessary, like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for sleep apnea or surgery to remove an endocrine tumor.

It might surprise you to find out that you have hypertension, but thankfully the condition is manageable. For expert hypertension management, call Summit Medical Associates LLC, or request an appointment online today.