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Do you know the difference between high blood pressure and low blood pressure? Your Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology diagnose and treat both conditions.

How is blood pressure measured?

Blood pressure is the force of your blood as it pushes against your arteries. Your cardiologist looks at two numbers when measuring your pressure with a sphygmomanometer, also called a blood pressure monitor. The first number, systolic pressure, measures the force of your blood against the artery walls when your heart beats. Diastolic pressure, the second number, refers to the pressure when your heart takes a short rest between heartbeats.

If your systolic measurement is less than 120 and your diastolic number is less than 80, you have normal blood pressure. Blood pressure readings are measured in millimeters of mercury and written as mm Hg. For example, your doctor or the medical staff may say that your blood pressure is 120 over 80 and write your blood pressure as 120/80 mm Hg.

How do high blood pressure and low pressure differ?

Both high blood pressure and low blood pressure readings may be a cause for concern during your visit to the Gilbert, AZ, cardiology office. Although everyone's blood pressure naturally rises and falls during the day, consistently low or high blood pressure must be monitored and treated if necessary.

High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when the force of blood against the artery walls is too strong, while not enough force is the problem with low blood pressure (hypotension).

What are the symptoms of high and low blood pressure?

High blood pressure usually doesn't cause any symptoms, even as it's damaging your arteries and increasing your risk of stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and other diseases and conditions. Some people with very high blood pressure may develop headaches, bloody nose, shortness of breath, confusion, or chest pain.

If your systolic reading is 120 - 139 and your diastolic reading is 80 - 89, you are at risk of developing high blood pressure. You will be diagnosed with high blood pressure if your systolic reading is 140 or higher and your diastolic pressure is 90 or higher.

Low blood pressure occurs when your blood pressure reading is lower than 90/60 mm Hg. Symptoms of low blood pressure may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Blurry Vision
  • Shallow Breathing
  • Fatigue

Low blood pressure can occur for many reasons, including dehydration, standing up too quickly, experiencing an allergic reaction, or as a side effect of some prescription medications. Lower than normal blood pressure can also be a sign of a health condition or infection.

Prompt treatment is essential for both high blood pressure and low blood pressure. Call (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment with your cardiologists in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
November 06, 2020
Category: Blood Pressure
Tags: Hypertension   Diets  

A healthy diet could be all you need to lower your blood pressure.

No matter whether our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha have diagnosed you with hypertension or you’ve been told by your regular physician that your blood pressure is elevated, nixing certain foods and drinks from your diet right now could go a long way to improving your blood pressure.

Go Plant-Based!

We’re not saying that you have to give up meat entirely; however, research has shown that by lowering your intake of meat and increasing the number of veggies you’re getting each and every day, you can drastically reduce your blood pressure. When you do choose to eat meat, go for lean, skinless chicken breasts or fish.

Go Easy on the Salt

A lot of packaged and prepared foods in the Western world are chock full of sodium. You may not even realize that the foods you’re eating could have more than the recommended intake of sodium. That’s why choosing whole, unprocessed foods is the best option, as you can control how much salt is placed into the meals you eat.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day for those with high blood pressure.

Add these Heart-Healthy Foods to Your Diet

Foods such as bananas, salmon, oatmeal, olive oil and other fatty fish are packed with incredible vitamins and nutrients such as omega-3s, vitamin D and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Even if you’re taking medication to control your blood pressure, these foods can also help reduce inflammation and improve your levels.

Pass on the Alcohol

While cutting out alcohol completely can greatly improve your blood pressure, it’s important that you drink in moderation if you’re still planning to drink alcohol. This means one drink a day for women and two for men. According to the Mayo Clinic, one drink is equivalent to five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. So you’ll want to imbibe responsibly and measure your alcohol out rather than just pouring to the rim.

From lifestyle changes to medications, our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists can help you get your blood pressure under control. Do not ignore your high blood pressure; the team at Gilbert Cardiology can help. Call us today at (480) 786-9100 to discuss your treatment options.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
April 23, 2020
Category: Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you will need to make certain lifestyle adjustments to help you manage your condition. Successfully controlling your blood pressure through a healthy lifestyle could even help you delay, avoid, or decrease the need to take maintenance medications to reduce your high blood pressure. Besides regular visits to one of our cardiologists here at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled, Albasha, here are essential lifestyle adjustments to help you reduce and maintain your blood pressure.

Shed Those Excess Pounds and Extra Inches Off Your Waistline

As your weight increases, so does your blood pressure. Losing excess weight if you’re obese or overweight and reducing inches off your waistline could help decrease your blood pressure.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Your diet should be rich in vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, healthy fats, and fruits. You should likewise watch your salt intake. Generally speaking, aim for 1,500mg to 2,300mg of sodium daily.

Get Moving and Keep On Moving

Regular exercise of around 30 minutes daily or 150 minutes weekly could help decrease your blood pressure. However, you will need to be consistent since your blood pressure could rise again once you stop working out.

Stop Smoking

Did you know that every single cigarette your smoke elevates your blood pressure for several minutes even after you’ve finished smoking it? Aside from reducing your blood pressure, quitting smoking will also minimize your risk of developing all kinds of health problems such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases among others.

Keep Your Stress Levels Under Control

Studies have shown that being chronically stressed may increase blood pressure. To find out what’s stressing you out and take the necessary steps to deal with them.

Keep Track of Your Blood Pressure Levels and Visit Your Doctor Regularly

Monitoring your blood pressure at home can help you determine whether or not your lifestyle adjustments are working. It will also help warn you of potential complications early on. Routine visits to your cardiologist in Gilbert, AZ, will also help keep your blood pressure in check.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

You can help reduce your blood pressure by drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, about two drinks for men and one drink for women daily. However, drinking more than these amounts could elevate your blood pressure and decrease the effectiveness of your maintenance medicines.

For Help Managing Your High Blood Pressure, Give Us a Call

Arrange your appointment with one of our cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi or Dr. Khaled Albasha, here at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, by calling (480) 786-9100.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
March 27, 2019
Category: Blood Pressure
Tags: Chest Pain   Hypertension   Headache   Stress  

Find out the warning signs that you might have high blood pressure.

Woman With A HeadacheAccording to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, about one-third of people with hypertension don’t even know that they have it—could you be one of them? Since high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke it’s important to know what to look out for and when to see our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha, for an evaluation.

 

How can I tell that I’m dealing with high blood pressure?

Unfortunately, most people with high blood pressure won’t often be able to tell that anything is wrong. This is why it’s important to either monitor your blood pressure on your own if you have risk factors or to visit your doctor regularly for checkups.

Your blood pressure may be severely high if you notice any of these symptoms,

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Blood in the urine
  • Chest pain
  • Changes in your vision
  • Fatigue
  • Severe headache
  • Pounding in your neck or ears

It’s important that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms that you turn to our Gilbert office, immediately, as this could put you at an increased risk for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure.

 

What can put you at risk for high blood pressure?

It’s also important to understand what can cause or increase the likelihood of developing high blood pressure. Some risk factors include,

  • A family history of hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • A poor diet (often high in sodium)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart defects]

If you have one or more risk factors it’s important that you keep your blood pressure in check on your own. This may require that you check your blood pressure routinely from the comfort of your own home. Talk to our cardiologist to determine the best blood pressure monitor for you.

 

Concerned? Give us a call!

Are you dealing with some of the warning signs of hypertension in Gilbert, AZ? If so, turn to the medical team at Gilbert Cardiology to get the answers you need regarding your health. Call us today at 480-786-9100!

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
October 30, 2018
Category: Blood Pressure

High Blood PressureThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75 million American adults have high blood pressure, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can be successfully managed with help from a cardiologist and a decision to make important lifestyle changes. Find out the potential dangers of high blood pressure and how you can get your readings under control with help from a doctor at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ.

What Is Considered High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is a measure of the compression of blood in the veins as it moves throughout the body. Generally, a normal blood pressure reading is between 120/80mmGg to 140/90mmHg, but anything consistently above 120/80 may be called “prehypertensive.” When a blood pressure reading exceeds 140 for systolic (the upper number) or 90 for diastolic (the lower number) that is considered hypertension. Blood pressure levels may vary throughout the day, but when it is consistently high it could put stress on the heart over time.

Potential Dangers of Hypertension
Because hypertension is one of the most common health conditions in the US, one of the first tests you’ll receive when you visit your Gilbert, AZ doctor is a blood pressure check. Though it often comes with little to no symptoms, there are still a few potential dangers to be aware of if you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure. Patients who have uncontrolled high blood pressure for extended periods of time may be at high risk for heart disease, stroke, vascular complications, and organ damage. 

Ways to Get Blood Pressure Under Control
Luckily, high blood pressure can be diagnosed easily using arm band pressure monitors and managed with dietary changes and medication. These are a few ways you and your doctor can get your blood pressure under control:

- Take blood pressure medication (beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, etc.)
- Eat foods that have less sodium, that are nitrate-free, and that are free from saturated fats. Lose weight.
- Minimize alcohol consumption and avoid tobacco products.
- Get 30 minutes of light exercise (as recommended by your Gilbert, AZ doctor) each day.
- Manage your stress, as high stress can be a trigger.
- Purchase an at-home BP monitor and check your readings daily. Contact your cardiologist if they are not normalizing despite taking prescribed medication.

Get Help from a Cardiologist
A cardiologist can help you normalize your high blood pressure with treatments, recommendations, and medication. Call Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ today at 480-786-9100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zaki Lababidi or Dr. Khaled Albasha.