Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a common condition that affects millions of Americans each year. It’s a silent disease with virtually no symptoms, but can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. At Unison, Dr. Jacobs treats this condition with a proven holistic approach – reducing your levels, restoring your optimal health and preventing complications from developing.
I don’t like taking medications and want to know all my options before starting a treatment. While other doctors have dismissed my preferences, Dr. Jacobs understood. He even educated me on various non-drug options I could take to help with my condition. He understood the importance of my mind-body connection and has really helped me on my health journey.
What causes high blood pressure
There are two distinct types of high blood pressure. With primary hypertension, the condition develops slowly over time without a single, identifiable cause. Conversely, secondary hypertension emerges suddenly and is caused by an underlying condition, such as kidney issues, thyroid disease, tumors on the adrenal gland, sleep apnea, congenital factors, medications, illegal drugs and alcohol abuse.
Regardless of the cause, most of our Los Angeles patients with high blood pressure don’t display any symptoms, even when their levels are extremely high. When signs like shortness of breath, nosebleeds and headaches do appear, they typically emerge once the disease has progressed to the severe stages. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, heart failure and a number of other serious health complications, so it’s critical that you treat and manage your condition proactively.
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A holistic approach to treating high blood pressure
When treating high blood pressure for our Los Angeles patients, our goal is to get your levels down and improve your overall health. To accomplish these objectives, we will focus on identifying the cause of your condition, resolving the underlying issue and getting you back on the path to optimal wellness.
To that end, we will begin by running a series of diagnostic tests to determine exactly what’s causing your blood pressure to elevate. Once we’ve identified the cause, we’ll prescribe a treatment regimen that addresses the underlying issue and gets your hypertension under control. In many cases, we will begin with a custom blend of lifestyle changes, including a new diet, an exercise program and yoga and Tai Chi – as these are all proven to have a positive impact on high blood pressure.
There are also a number of herbs and supplements that can lower your levels without medication, allowing us to treat your condition in the most natural and holistic way possible. For patients who also require conventional medication to get their hypertension under control, we will prescribe traditional medicines, including diuretics, beta blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.
Throughout your entire treatment experience, you can be assured that Dr. Jacobs will be there for you as both a partner and a friend. He will listen closely to your preferences regarding your treatments, and outline a plan that not only gets your condition under control, but also works for you. The result will be a manageable regimen that fits into your lifestyle – one that can keep you healthy for the long-term.