Hypertension Specialist

Florida Compassionate Care Centers

Internal Medicine & Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP), is sometimes called the “silent killer” because you could have it for years without knowing it. If you have hypertension, Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers in Ormond Beach, Florida, help you control it with medical marijuana. Lower your blood pressure and your risk for cardiac disorders and other complications by contacting Florida Compassionate Care Centers today. Use the online booking form or call the office.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is a condition in which your blood exerts too much pressure against the walls of your arteries. Your blood pressure rate is determined both by the amount of blood that your heart pumps out with each beat and by the rate of resistance in your arteries. 

Arteries that are narrowed by the plaques of atherosclerosis, for instance, create more resistance and raise your blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Even if your blood pressure is dangerously high, you might not have any symptoms. That’s why getting your blood pressure measured during your annual exam is an important part of protecting your health.

Why do I have hypertension?

As you age, you’ll probably develop primary high blood pressure at some point, which means no other condition is involved in your HBP. However, you’re more at risk if you’re:

  • Overweight
  • African-American
  • Overweight or obese
  • A smoker
  • Abusing alcohol
  • Chronically stressed

Consuming too much salt (aka sodium) and not enough potassium also raises your risk. You could also develop secondary HBP due to other conditions, including:

  • Kidney disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Thyroid problems
  • Congenital cardiovascular defects

You might also develop hypertension if you use cocaine, other illegal drugs, and even some prescription drugs.

Why should I treat hypertension?

Hypertension is a potentially life-threatening condition. If you don’t manage your blood pressure, you’re at risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Aneurysm
  • Vision loss
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Kidney problems
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Dementia

You may be able to control your blood pressure with lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet and adding in more exercise. You might also need medications to relax your blood vessels and help your body eliminate excess water and sodium. 

How does medical marijuana address hypertension? 

Whether you’re currently on hypertension medications or not, medical marijuana can help to lower your blood pressure. 

Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) naturally releases a chemical called anandamide, which relaxes blood vessels. However, when you have hypertension, the pressure is too high for your own ECS to completely relax your vessels.

The chemicals in medical marijuana — particularly CBD oil —  bind with your ECS receptors just as your naturally-produced chemicals do. Over time, CBD stabilizes your blood pressure and reduces inflammation in your vessels, reducing your risk for:

  • Angina
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Ischemia
  • Collateral circulation

To protect your heart and lower your blood pressure, contact Florida Compassionate Care Centers about medical marijuana. Call the office today or book an appointment online.