High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
With so many Americans afflicted with this medical condition, specialists have invested a lot of time researching high blood pressure (hypertension). There is no comprehensive cure for this condition yet, but advancements in cardiology have allowed us to develop better treatments for hypertension. These improved therapies would not be possible if it weren’t for the data provided by clinical trials like the one we are conducting at our facility.
A person’s blood pressure refers to the force at which their blood is being pumped through arteries of the body. Similar to a water hose, our arteries have a given capacity for blood. The arteries can sustain serious damage if too much blood is being forced through them. These damaged vessels leave us much more susceptible to heart disease and stroke.
Hypertension Fast Facts
- Just about 1 in 3 American adults has prehypertension
- Less than half of all people with hypertension have their condition under control
- Treating patients with high blood pressure costs the nation $47.5 billion each year
- Hypertension is the leading cause of stroke and a major cause of heart attacks
People can live with this cardiovascular condition for several years without ever experiencing any physical symptoms. Unfortunately, high blood pressure often damages the blood vessels and the heart before it is ever detected. This puts you at risk for other life-threatening complications further down the road.
Hypertension tends to take many years to develop, and clinical studies have shown that it affects almost every adult at some point or another. Although there may not be many physical symptoms, high blood pressure can be easily identified by doctors. Most cases of hypertension are diagnosed during more routine checkups. Doctor’s can then advise their patients on how best to regain control over their levels.
Some people may have a reason to take their own blood pressure. If you have noticed a problem while doing this, please make sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor in order to confirm the diagnosis. They will work with you to help bring down your overall blood pressure.
So far, we’ve examined this medical condition as a single entity, but there are actually two types of high blood pressure.
Primary (Essential) Hypertension
Most diagnosed cases of adult hypertension present with no clearly identifiable cause. Over the years, cardiologists and other specialists have come to refer to this type of high blood pressure as primary (essential) hypertension. This medical condition generally develops slowly over many years.
Then there are the patients that have developed high blood pressure as a result of an underlying condition. This type of high blood pressure is referred to as secondary hypertension. Unfortunately, secondary hypertension is often more severe that primary hypertension, and it has a tendency to develop rapidly. Studies have identified a whole host of medical conditions and even medications which can cause secondary hypertension, such as:
- Renal impairment
- Thyroid complications
- Adrenal gland tumors
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Congenital defects in the heart or blood vessels
- Recreational usage of amphetamines and other illegal drugs
- Various medications like decongestants, birth control pills, pain relievers, and other prescription drugs
High Blood Pressure Clinical Trials in DeLand, FL
Avail Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our hypertension clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
A Video Overview of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Resources for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
If you live near Central Florida, click here to learn more about participating in a hypertension clinical trial. Also, our sister site Achieve Clinical Research conducts hypertension clinical trials in Birmingham, Alabama.