Tell Your Podiatrist About High Blood Pressure
As members of the health care team, podiatrists are especially concerned about hypertension and vascular disease that may be affecting your health. As doctors, we are interested in all aspects of your health and it is important for us to be informed if you have high blood pressure so we can provide detection, treatment, and control for your health.
It’s important to inform Dr. Harvey Danciger if you have any of the following cardiovascular related conditions:
- Hypertension and/or cardiovascular disease. Examination can determine if there are lower than normal temperatures in your feet, abnormal foot skin color, or diminished pulse in your feet, which can be caused from decreased circulation due to hypertension. Occasional swelling in your feet is important to notice because it may mean that hypertension has contributed to heart disease.
- Rheumatic heart disease. It’s important to tell your podiatrist if you are taking medication for this condition to ensure that it does not conflict with any medications that may be prescribed for foot treatment.
- Diabetes. This disease often affects the feet with decreased circulation and sensation. Let your podiatrist know if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and if you are taking medication or insulin for the condition.
- Ulceration. Open sores that do not heal or heal very slowly, can be symptoms of anemia, hypertension or certain inflammatory conditions. Be sure to speak up if you have ever had this problem.
- Swollen feet. Persistent swelling of the feet may be due to heart, kidney or circulatory problems.
- Burning feet. A burning sensation in your feet is often caused by diminished circulation.
By letting Dr. Danciger know if you have been diagnosed with the above conditions or experienced any of the above symptoms, he can help provide you the service needed to control the problem. There are three major areas in which he can provide help:
- Detection. Taking your blood pressure can help determine if it is elevated.
- Treatment. After confirming that there is an elevation in blood pressure, Dr. Danciger may refer you to your primary care physician for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment.
- Long-term control. Dr. Danciger can facilitate long-term control of high blood pressure by encouraging adherence to treatment, and monitoring reductions of blood pressure and side effects to treatment.
Let us help you control your blood pressure by informing us if there are any existing cardiovascular conditions or symptoms!
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