High Blood Pressure
Q & A
High blood pressure or hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hypertension risk factors include obesity, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and family history. Beta-blockers are a common treatment for hypertension.
One of the most dangerous aspects of hypertension is that you may not know that you have it. Nearly one-third of people who have hypertension don’t know it.
Dr Neda Motameni and her staff will assist you manage hypertension. You need to follow the plan established for your individual case. Your close relationship with Providers in our office in Vienna Virginia, will be key to control your hypertension.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition where the pressure of the blood being pumped in your arteries is too high. Over time, consistently high pressure can damage your arteries, increasing your chances of heart disease and stroke.
How do I know if my blood pressure is too high?
According to the American Heart Association, healthy blood pressure is anything below a reading of 120/180 mmHg. However, if your blood pressure reading is 130/180 mmHg or higher on more than two occasions, you have high blood pressure and should make some lifestyle changes to correct it.
If your blood pressure readings consistently indicate you have hypertension, Dr. Motameni will discuss your treatment options in detail with you.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” because it develops over time and doesn’t cause symptoms that can act as warning signs.
Even though high blood pressure doesn’t present with obvious symptoms, having it can cause serious damage to your body. If left unchecked, it can lead to:
- Vision problems
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
Sometimes people experience headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds, but these can be symptoms of other issues as well and usually don’t show up until the condition is in very advanced stages.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Although high blood pressure can’t be cured, it’s definitely manageable. Maintaining a healthy weight is important, as being overweight can make you more likely to develop high blood pressure. Losing even a small amount of weight can make a huge difference in your overall health. Changing your diet and exercise regimen can also go a long way in helping you reduce weight as well as your blood pressure.
If you discover that you have high blood pressure during your next visit, Dr. Motameni helps you map out a diet and exercise plan or, in extreme cases, recommends prescription medication that can help improve your condition.
With proper care and management, you can control your blood pressure and go on to live a long and healthy life. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment at Internal Medicine Practice, Vienna Virginia today.