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High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to a number of heart-related medical complications. Complications such as heart failure, heart attack, and stroke, among others. The problem with high blood pressure is that you may not know you have it, and the symptoms associated with it only exhibit themselves once the condition is severe. It's important to treat it early, and to do so it must be diagnosed just as early. Your doctor can test for it, it's why physicals are a key part of monitoring and maintaining your health. So get in contact with Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, to find out more.
Several factors put you at risk for high blood pressure, and although some are out of your control, like age, sex, and ethnicity, many of them are not.
Harmful health habits like tobacco and consuming too much alcohol have already their own damaging side effects, but they also contribute to your risk of developing high blood pressure. Alcohol and nicotine can raise it, smoking can damage your blood vessels and heart, and carbon monoxide impacts the oxygen levels in your blood.
An otherwise unhealthy lifestyle can similarly impact your high blood pressure risk. An unhealthy diet of processed foods is often too high in sodium, which raises blood pressure, and may also lead to other problems like obesity. Which can over-stress your heart by forcing it to work harder as your body contends with the extra weight.
High Blood Pressure Treatment in Argyle, TX
If you want to prevent it, or already have high blood pressure, you have a similar course of action. The important difference is that if you have it, you will likely need to diligently work to keep it under control for the rest of your life. The good news is, you will not have to do it alone, and with your doctor's help, it's not impossible to manage.
Lifestyle changes lie at the core of treatment and prevention. Steps like abandoning harmful habits, becoming more active, and improving your diet.
Your doctor can prescribe medication to work in tandem with all these changes and keep your blood pressure within your goal. So don't delay in making an appointment, give Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, a call by dialing (940) 226-4850.
"Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means "one person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease." At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave help patients prevent heart disease.
Types of Heart Diseases
Heart disease refers to issues and deformities in the heart, as opposed to cardiovascular diseases, which are problems with the blood vessels. There are many types of heart diseases:
- Congenital heart disease: These are deformities present since birth, like septal defects, a hole between the two chambers of the heart.
- Arrhythmia: This is an irregular heartbeat because electrical impulses in the heart aren't properly coordinated. Examples of arrhythmia include tachycardia, when the heart beats too fast, and bradycardia, when the heart beats too slow.
- Coronary artery disease: Damaged coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying the heart with nutrients and oxygen, reduces oxygen and nutrients.
- Heart failure: This is when the left or right side of the heart does not efficiently pump blood to the whole body. Coronary artery disease or high blood pressure can leave the heart too stiff or weak over time.
Preventing Heart Disease
Birth defects aren't preventable, but there are preventive measures to protect yourself against a pre-existing heart disease spiraling out of control or occurring.
Here's what you can do with the help of your Argyle TX doctor:
- Eat a balanced diet: low-fat (stick to mostly unsaturated fats), high-fiber, and fresh fruit and vegetables each day.
- Reduce the amount of salt and sugar in your diet.
- Regular exercise to strengthen the heart, reduce cholesterol, and maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Maintain healthy body weight and quit smoking.
Whom should you contact?
If you want to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent it, contact Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX by calling (940) 226-4850 today!
About 55 million US adults have never been officially diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice can diagnose and help treat patients in Argyle TX.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis describes hundreds of conditions and diseases that cause joint inflammation and lead to arthritis, which worsens with time. Arthritis causes bone and joint degeneration. It's also considered an autoimmune disease (immune system attacks the body) that causes widespread pain. There are a few different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis affects any joint, causing:
- Inflammation around joints
- Restricted joint movement
- Weakness in muscles
How does Argyle Family Practice treat arthritis?
Early detection at our Argyle TX office may prevent chronic health issues, disability, and joint damage.
- You need to give your doctor a full medical history so he can determine if arthritis is a possible diagnosis based on family history and/or your symptoms.
- Drs. Christopher Hughes or William Musgrave determine the type of arthritis using diagnostic tests, like blood tests and X-rays.
- Depending on the severity of your situation, your doctor creates a custom-made plan based on your symptoms, which joint has been affected and the degree of joint damage.
Treating Your Arthritis
There are conservative options available to patients, like:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Disease-specific medication
- Physical therapy
- Counterirritants (topical creams)
- Joint injections (viscosupplementation).
If conservative treatments don't work, you may need surgery. Surgery is minimally invasive for fast recovery. If you want to consult your Argyle TX doctor about surgery, you should know this typically means replacing one or more of your affected joints, like your knee, ankle, shoulder, and hips.
Need to speak with a doctor?
If you would like to learn more about maintaining your health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave in Argyle TX at (940) 226-4850.
When was the last time you thought about your bladder health? Physicians of Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, in Argyle TX, can tell you more about the importance of caring for your bladder.
More About Health Bladder
A bladder is located in the lower abdomen and stores urine, which is wastes and extra fluid left over from what we eat and drink. The bladder is part of the urinary system and the tissue itself is elastic but may toughen and become less stretchy over time. Reduced elasticity means your bladder cannot hold as much urine, so you end up needing the bathroom more often.
What are the common bladder problems?
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections in the urinary system. Women usually contract UTIs, especially as they age. Types of UTIs include:
- Bladder infection: Bacteria enters the bladder, causing symptoms like a sudden urge to urinate.
- Kidney infection: Infections can spread to kidneys and result in permanent kidney damage if not treated soon.
- Urethra infection: The urethra can also be infected but this is less common.
- Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS): These are a group of symptoms caused by problems with the bladder, urethra, or pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms include trouble urinating, loss of bladder control, leaking urine, and frequent need to urinate.
- Bladder cancer: This occurs in the lining of the bladder.
What can you do to maintain a healthy bladder?
- Drink enough fluids, especially water
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Use the bathroom often, especially after sex
- Empty the bladder when urinating
- Be in a relaxed position while urinating and wipe from front to back
- Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes
Need a consultation?
If you would like to learn more about maintaining your bladder health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, in Argyle TX, at (940) 226-4850.
In a nutshell, annual checkups here at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, with your doctor, Dr. Christopher Hughes or Dr. William Musgrave, covers all the essentials, including:
- Standard health screening tests for early disease detection
- Medication prescriptions
- Health counseling
These things are just among the various reasons why going to your doctor for yearly checkups is crucial, even if you’re not feeling anything unusual.
I’m Perfectly Healthy. Do I Still Need to Undergo an Annual Health Checkup?
It’s critically vital to stay up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and screening tests, and the easiest way to ensure this is by going to yearly checkups. Otherwise, you may suddenly be hit by something serious that could’ve been easily treated earlier if it was spotted earlier.
More importantly, however, these checkups will help build a more beneficial relationship with your doctor here at Argyle, TX, that will enable both of you to craft a personalized healthcare plan that suits your specific requirements and optimizes health results.
What’s Involved in The Annual Health Checkup?
You and your doctor will review and discuss your family and medical history to assess which screenings, vaccines, and tests will be done, based on your history, your age, and current condition. The maximum time that most individuals can go without health checkups is three years but older individuals who have significant disease factors should ideally check in with their doctor annually or more regularly.
Expect to undergo standard urine and blood tests to check your blood sugar, cholesterol, electrolytes, kidneys, and blood counts, among others. You may likewise need to undergo screenings for obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In addition, you could take this one-on-one time with your doctor to bring up any medical, emotional, social, or personal concerns or questions that are bothering you.
Based on all your doctor’s findings, you and your doctor will then discuss any risks that could put your health in danger. Your doctor may recommend certain lifestyle modifications and/or medications to help you reduce those health risks.
For More Details on Annual Checkups, Talk to Us
Schedule a visit with Dr. Christopher Hughes or Dr. William Musgrave here at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, by dialing (940) 226-4850.