High Blood Pressure
Q & A
What is high blood pressure?
When your blood pumps through your body, it puts pressure on the walls of your blood vessels. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that occurs when the pressure on the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high.
High blood pressure usually develops over time. You could be at increased risk based on your age, race, family history, weight, activity level, and lifestyle habits. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications.
High blood pressure often doesn’t have early warning signs. In fact, one in three American adults has high blood pressure, but more than half of them don’t have their condition under control. Getting regular blood pressure checks as a part of your regular wellness exams is important for diagnosis and beginning treatment early.
What are the risks?
High blood pressure means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood to your muscles, tissues, and organs. Over time, the increased pressure can damage your blood vessels and your organs. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Kidney damage
Narrowed or blocked arteries restrict blood flow to critical organs like your heart, kidneys, and eyes. Metabolic syndrome can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
How can I manage my blood pressure?
Regular blood pressure checks should be a part of your care plan, and Dr. Beheshtian often recommends a plan that includes lifestyle changes and medication to keep blood pressure in check.
Lifestyle changes can make a big difference for people with hypertension. Changing your diet by reducing sodium intake and restricting alcohol helps control blood pressure. Increasing your level of physical activity can improve heart health and even help you reach or maintain a healthy weight.
For some patients, lifestyle changes aren’t enough to manage high blood pressure. There are a number of medications that Dr. Beheshtian prescribes to help you keep your blood pressure under control. The best treatment plan for you depends on your blood pressure, overall health, and any other factors.
Controlling your blood pressure helps keep you as healthy as possible and reduces your risk for other health complications. To learn more about your options, make an appointment with Dr. Beheshtian via phone or using the online scheduler today.