High Blood Pressure Specialist

Oliver Family Healthcare

Family Medicine Physicians located in Indianapolis, IN

High blood pressure (HBP) is called the silent killer because most men and women don’t know they have it. During any physical examination at Oliver Family Healthcare in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Gregory A. Oliver and his caring team of experts test you for HBP. If you live in the Indianapolis area and are at risk for HBP, schedule an appointment at Oliver Family Healthcare by phone or use the online form.

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What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the amount of force that your blood exerts on your artery walls. The arteries are the vessels that carry blood from your heart to your organs and tissues, suffusing them with oxygen and nutrients.

Your heart has two lower chambers, called ventricles, that pump your blood through your arteries with each heartbeat. The right ventricle pushes blood that’s already circulated through the body and has been depleted of oxygen into the lungs to get more oxygen. The left ventricle pushes the re-oxygenated blood into the arteries to nourish your tissues.

Several factors control blood pressure, including:

  • Cardiac output: how much blood your ventricles pump with each beat
  • Blood volume: how much blood you have in your body (more blood = more pressure)
  • Resistance: anything that impedes blood flow, mainly by narrowing the arteries (e.g., plaque deposits)
  • Viscosity: how thick the blood is (i.e., more protein and fat make your blood thicker and harder to pump)

What is high blood pressure?

If you receive a diagnosis of high blood pressure (HBP), also called hypertension, your blood is flowing through your arteries with more pressure than is normal or necessary. Untreated HBP can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other life-threatening conditions.

How can I tell if I have HBP?

High blood pressure is usually asymptomatic. That’s why Dr. Oliver and the Oliver Family Healthcare team check your blood pressure during your physical examination. If you have or are at risk for HBP, Dr. Oliver performs an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check your heart health.

How is HBP treated?

As an osteopath, Dr. Oliver first recommends lifestyle changes, including adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet, eliminating alcohol and smoking, and engaging in regular exercise. If you’re sensitive to sodium, he advises you to cut down on salt.

Medications Dr. Oliver may prescribe include:

  • Diuretics that allow the kidney to move salt and water from the blood into the urine
  • ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, calcium-channel blockers, and direct-acting vasodilators to relax blood vessels
  • Beta blockers to slow and lower the force of your heartbeats

If you’re at risk for HBP, schedule a consult with Dr. Oliver. You can reach the office by phone or with the online form.

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