Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects almost half of all American adults, but many don’t know they have it. At Northeast Medical, PC in Amherst and Cheektowaga, New York, board-certified physician Tajinderpal Singh, MD, performs regular checks to evaluate blood pressure and provides effective treatment if your levels are irregular. To find out more about hypertension and how it may affect you, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Your blood pressure is a measure of the force that’s exerted on the walls of your blood vessels as blood circulates through your system. Hypertension is diagnosed when this pressure is higher than normal and puts you at risk for serious health complications.
When you have hypertension, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your vessels, which compromises blood flow.
As you get older, your blood pressure naturally rises as blood vessels narrow. Certain lifestyle factors hasten this narrowing by causing plaque, a fatty substance, to build up along the walls of your blood vessels and hinder blood flow.
The following behaviors can put you at a higher risk for hypertension:
If gone untreated, hypertension can lead to stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, and other serious complications. If you’re at risk, it’s especially important that you get checked out by your Northeast Medical, PC provider so they can help you prevent or manage the condition.
Hypertension has no noticeable symptoms until it reaches a serious stage. But as long as it persists unmanaged, the condition can cause irreversible damage internally.
In advanced stages of hypertension, you may have symptoms such as sweating, headaches, insomnia, and nosebleeds. You should seek emergency care if these symptoms present.
Management of hypertension usually requires lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, revising your diet, and increasing physical activity. If you’re overweight, your doctor may advise you to achieve a healthier size.
These simple changes can vastly improve your blood pressure, but if they aren’t enough, you may be prescribed specific medications.
Anyone with hypertension needs to make sure their blood pressure stays controlled to avoid complications. The team at Northeast Medical, PC helps keep track of your blood pressure to ensure treatments are working.
Your doctor can adjust your medication dosage or make other recommendations if necessary to help keep your blood pressure stable.
If you’re at risk of hypertension or need help managing an existing condition, call Northeast Medical, PC or book an appointment online today.