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San Marcos Family Medicine

Family Physicians located in San Marcos, TX

High Blood Pressure Specialist

High blood pressure is known as a "silent killer," because it causes no symptoms and can be deadly if left untreated. It's quite common, with 1 out of every 3 people in the US over the age of 20 having high blood pressure. Regular blood pressure screenings and treatment for high blood pressure is available from San Marcos Family Medicine for patients living in San Marcos, Texas, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the veins. It's measured in millimeters of mercury and involves 2 numbers. The systolic pressure is the first number, and it's the force of the blood against the artery walls during heartbeats. The diastolic pressure is the pressure between heartbeats, and it's written second.

What measurements mean someone has high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined based on blood pressure measurements. Blood pressure can fall into several categories, which include:

  • Normal blood pressure is anything below 120/80
  • Prehypertension is a systolic pressure of 120-139 or a diastolic pressure of 80-89
  • Stage 1 hypertension is a systolic pressure of 140-159 or a diastolic pressure of 90-99
  • Stage 2 hypertension is a systolic pressure of 160 or greater or a diastolic pressure of 100 or greater

What causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure has no apparent cause, but inactivity, diet, obesity, genetics, and older age can all put someone at increased risk of developing this condition. The only way to know whether or not a patient has high blood pressure is to have regular blood pressure screenings.

What problems can develop because of high blood pressure?

If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Eye disease

To avoid these risks, patients need to partner with the doctors at San Marcos Family Medicine to monitor and treat their blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

A combination of medications and lifestyle changes can make a difference in high blood pressure. Before prescribing medications, the doctors at San Marcos Family Medicine will help patients with lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Stress management
  • Weight loss
  • Increased exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing salt intake
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Treating sleep apnea

When lifestyle changes aren't sufficient to manage blood pressure, or blood pressure levels are extremely high, blood pressure management may require medications, including ACE inhibitors, diuretics, beta-blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, and alpha-blockers. The skilled physicians at San Marcos Family Medicine can help patients determine the best treatment option.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At San Marcos Family Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
Health First
Health Net
Seton Health Plan

Words from our patients

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    "The staff is always friendly and nice and the doctors are knowledgeable and willing to work with you regarding prescriptions."

    Jose G.
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    "I have been really sick, called them and gotten in the same day. Wonderful people, good bedside manners. Always helpful. I highly recommend this medical group."

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    "We've been patients for about 5 years now. Absolutely love the doctors; great people who really care. Easy to get in..."

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    "Dr. Lee has been our family's doctor for about 9 years. We don't even live in San Marcos but drive there because of the wonderful care that he and his nurse provides."

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    "I have been seeing Dr. Mangalick for a few years and have had many good experiences with my treatment there."

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    "I have been a patient of Dr Lee's since the late 2000. I have never experienced any of the rudeness that others are reporting."

    David M.
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    "I went in to see Dr Mangalick, and he was able to address my questions extremely quickly. He was very personable, knowledgeable and direct to the point."

    Mary B.
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    "Saw Dr. Mangalick for an issue with my prosthetics. He was super helpful and solved my issue really quickly."

    Alex S.
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    "The nurse practitioners and doctors REALLY listen, aren't afraid to admit when they don't know something and then go look it up so they are informed."

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    "Dr. Lee and his staff are awesome! They are very compassionate and are willing to go out of their way to take care of people. I highly recommend seeing him..."

    Eric B.
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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

    Adrienne D.
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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

    Adrienne D.
  • Google+

    "Dr. Lee is the best primary care physician I've ever had. He's very nice, and takes plenty of time to answer all of my questions."

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    "I appreciate how well he communicates, and, the care with which he communicates. I recommend Dr. Laue and his staff."

    Brian P.
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    "Dr. Luae has been treating my family for years. He is an excellent physician. He is a great listener, and he takes the time to explain what is going on."

    Wayne K.
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    "Dr. Laue is wonderful. I appreciate how observant he is as my pediatrician was much the same and I find it rare."

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    "Dr. Laue and his colleagues put the focus where it belongs: on listening to the patient and prescribing the treatment that's really needed."

    Carl F.
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    "I really like his approach to helping you get the answers you need to be in better health. He's to the point with great bedside manner."

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San Marcos Family Medicine
2406 Hunter Road, Suite #106
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-504-7640
Fax: 512-396-8006
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