Hypertension Specialist

Fort Wayne Endocrinology

Endocrinologists & A Private Medical Practice located in Fort Wayne, IN

About 47% of adults in the United States have hypertension. In most cases, hypertension occurs from no known cause. However, there are hormonal disorders that may lead to hypertension. At Fort Wayne Endocrinology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ashok Kadambi, MD, Desiree Heim, NP-C, and Crystal Webb, NP-C, provide expert care for hormonal disorders, decreasing the risk of secondary health problems like hypertension. For expert care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a chronic health condition that causes an increase in pressure against the walls of your blood vessels over a long period of time. 

This prolonged pressure damages the blood vessel walls, causing them to stiffen and narrow, affecting circulation. 

Having hypertension increases your risk of developing other health problems like heart disease or kidney disease. It also puts you at risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

What causes hypertension?

Most people develop hypertension from an unknown cause. This is known as primary hypertension.

However, there are health conditions that cause hypertension. This is known as secondary hypertension. Hormonal disorders are a common cause of hypertension. 

Many hormones play a role in regulating your blood pressure, including the thyroid hormones and the adrenal hormones. Hormonal disorders that affect the production of these hormones may be the underlying cause of your hypertension.

Changes in sex hormone production that occur with aging may also affect your blood pressure. Declining levels of estrogen and testosterone may cause weight gain or make it hard to lose weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of hypertension. 

Having diabetes also increases your risk of developing hypertension. 

When do I need endocrinology for hypertension?

Fort Wayne Endocrinology understands the connection between hormone levels, hormone balance, and hypertension. 

You may benefit from a consultation with the team at Fort Wayne Endocrinology if you have a hormonal disorder such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, or diabetes.

The endocrinology team also recommends scheduling a consultation if you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance. Changes in hormone levels can cause a slew of symptoms that affect your physical and emotional well-being.

Fort Wayne Endocrinology conducts thorough evaluations, including lab work, to check hormone levels so that they can understand the root cause of your symptoms.

How is hypertension treated?

Fort Wayne Endocrinology customizes your hypertension treatment plan based on the underlying cause. 

Treatment may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Weight loss
  • An exercise program
  • Blood pressure medication

Though Fort Wayne Endocrinology specializes in hormonal disorders, the practice also provides physician-supervised weight loss. When you’re overweight or obese, losing even just a few pounds can lower your blood pressure numbers.

For help managing your hypertension from a compassionate team that provides cutting-edge care, call Fort Wayne Endocrinology or schedule an appointment online today.