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Lifestyle Tips to Help You Manage Your Heartburn

When you have heartburn and acid reflux, your lower esophageal sphincter opens when it shouldn’t. This causes acid from your stomach to wash back up into your esophagus.

Over time, the constant backwash of stomach acid can irritate and damage your esophagus. If this happens, it can lead to complications like swelling or narrowing of your esophagus. If you have acid reflux disease and your symptoms like chest pain, acid taste in your mouth or burning in the back of your throat come back or get worse, it could be a sign that your treatment need to be adjusted.

In Express Urgent Care clinics, we have physicians expert in gastrointestinal disorders. We have many diagnostic tools help us to reach the diagnosis of your problem.

Our services include:

– Laboratory and screening tests

– Ultrasonography

– H-Pylori Breath Test

When you have acid reflux, this means that something in your body isn’t working the way it should. For example, your lower esophageal sphincter might be weak or something could be putting extra pressure on your stomach.

A weakened lower esophageal sphincter can be a result of:

* Drinking Alcohol

* Smoking

* Eating certain foods like foods high in fat.

Extra pressure on your stomach can be caused by:

* Eating large meals

* Wearing tightly fitting clothes

* Pregnancy

* Being overweight

Ask our doctors how can you change your lifestyle and how eat smaller meals. Ask how to control your weight because carrying extra pounds puts pressure on your stomach. In our offices, we have certain methods that can help you lose weight.

Express Healthcare is a walk-in urgent care clinics located on Greenbelt Rd in Premier Medical Center and on Baltimore Ave near the University of Maryland. Talk to us today if you have any symptom.

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What Can You Do To Prevent High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the result of two forces: from the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and throughout the circulatory system and the force of the arteries as they resist blood flow.

Elevated blood pressure is harmful to the body because it causes the heart to work harder than normal, leaving both the heart and arteries more prone to injury. High blood pressure also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, damage to the eyes, kidney failure, atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure. High blood pressure combined with other risks, such as obesity, smoking, high blood cholesterol or diabetes greatly increases the risk for heart attack or stroke.

Because there may be no hint that you have high blood pressure, it is often found when you visit your doctor for another reason or during routine physical exam.

How is Blood Pressure Measured? 

Your doctor measures your blood pressure using a special device called a Sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure cuff, to find out how hard blood is pressing against the walls of the arteries. A blood pressure reading is recorded as 2 numbers, a top number and a bottom number. The top number, the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure of blood in the arteries when the heart is at work, beating and pumping.The bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest, between beats.

The “silent killer “:

High blood pressure is often termed “the Silent Killer” because it usually has no symptoms.  Many people have high blood pressure for many years without knowing about it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is elevated is to have your blood pressure checked. Here is the categories for blood pressure levels in adults according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Categories for Blood Pressure Levels in Adults (measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg)

Category Systolic
(top number)
(bottom number)
Normal Less than 120 And Less than 80
Prehypertension 120–139 Or 80–89
High blood pressure
Stage 1 140–159 Or 90–99
Stage 2 160 or higher Or 100 or higher

 Causes of High Blood Pressure:

The cause of high blood pressure is largely unknown, although there are certain risk factors that increase an individual’s chance for developing high blood pressure:

  • Heredity
  • Race (African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure)
  • Males (men have a greater chance of developing high blood pressure than women until age 55.  However, at over the age of 75, women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men).
  • Sodium sensitivity (salt)
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetics or individuals with gout or kidney disease
  • Heredity (individuals whose parents had/have high blood pressure are more at risk)
  • Age (the older people get, the more prone to high blood pressure)
  • Some medications (always tell your doctor about every medication you are taking – some medications increase blood pressure, others may interfere with the effectiveness of antihypertensive drugs)

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure:

Most patients with high blood pressure do not experience any symptoms from this condition, although some may experience headaches, dizziness or nosebleeds in the more advanced stages of the disease. Most patients receive a blood pressure reading during a routine physical exam, which is when they first learn that they have abnormal blood pressure.

Treatment for High Blood Pressure:

Treatment for high blood pressure may vary depending on the severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. There are several lifestyle changes that patients can make to help reduce blood pressure, including:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt and fat
  • Limit your alcohol to no more than two drinks a day
  • Become physically active
  • Take the medicine your doctor prescribes for you
  • Know what your blood pressure should be and work to keep it at that level

When lifestyle changes do not provide adequate results, medication may be prescribed to help control high blood pressure. This may include Thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors calcium channel blockers and others. Your doctor will decide which medication is best for you.

It is important for patients with high blood pressure to take active control of their condition in order to reduce the associated risks and maintain their quality of life. Working together with one of the experienced doctors at Express Urgent Care can help patients develop a personalized treatment plan that keeps you happy and healthy.

For your urgent care needs, you can walk-in to Express Healthcare, LLC clinics any day during the year. We are located on Baltimore Ave (Route 1) on exit 25 of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) and on Greenbelt Rd on exit 23.

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