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Find out the warning signs that you might have high blood pressure.
According 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
- 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
- Sedentary lifestyle
- A poor diet (often high in sodium)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Being overweight or obese
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
- 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!
The 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.
If your blood pressure were too high, would you know it? Your diastolic and systolic blood pressure indicates good blood flow throughout your body and also heart, brain, liver, and kidney health. While the Centers for Disease Control reports that one in three Americans have hypertension, many are undiagnosed. At Gilbert Cardiology, your heart doctors want you to understand hypertension, its symptoms and what you can do to control it.
The silent killer
The American Heart Association called high blood pressure "the silent killer." Because hypertension shows few to no symptoms most of the time, many sufferers have no idea they have it or the serious complications which result from it.
That being said, very high blood pressure--called a hypertensive crisis of 180/120--can exhibit symptoms of:
- Facial flushing
These symptoms constitute a medical emergency and warrant a 911 call for immediate help to avoid stroke, heart attack, heart failure, aneurysm and more. As a point of comparison, normal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower.
More routine hypertension
Your Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists ask their patients to monitor their blood pressure levels regularly, particularly if they have the official diagnosis of hypertension or have another form of cardiovascular or kidney disease. Treatment may include medication, a low sodium diet, weight loss, and cardiovascular exercise as tolerated.
Additionally, smokers should ask their heart doctor or primary care physician for a tobacco cessation program which typically includes behavioral support and medications to control nicotine cravings. Limiting alcohol consumption lowers blood pressure, too, as does a heart-healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy and proteins.
Your cardiologist advises patients to monitor blood pressure levels at home and to come into the office for check-ups as needed. If you believe your job or other elements of lifestyle may contribute to your stress levels, your doctor can advise you on how to reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.
While patients cannot mitigate their heredity (hypertension can run in families), there is much to do to control blood pressure. Your doctor at Gilbert Cardiology will help you achieve your optimal level and keep it there.
Come see us
Your blood pressure is one of the major indicators of health. To discuss yours, please contact your cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology for a consultation at (480) 786-9100.
What your cardiologists in Gilbert want you to know
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a measurement of the blood flow through your arteries. If your blood pressure is high, that means the blood is encountering resistance as it flows through your arteries. If your arteries are narrow due to aging, fatty deposits or other health conditions, your blood pressure will be high.
Thankfully there are many effective ways to treat high blood pressure. Your cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, want to share the facts about high blood pressure.
High blood pressure can go undetected for many years without any symptoms. It can cause damage to blood vessels, heart attack, and stroke. That’s why it’s important to visit your doctor regularly and have your blood pressure checked. Your blood pressure is considered elevated if it exceeds 120/80.
There are two categories of hypertension:
- Essential or primary hypertension, which has no underlying cause and develops over a period of years
- Secondary hypertension, which has an identifiable cause like sleep apnea, thyroid problems, blood vessel defects, adrenal and kidney problems, medications, drug, and alcohol use.
You may be at risk for hypertension if you:
- Are getting older or have high-stress levels
- Have sleep apnea, diabetes or kidney disease
- Have a family history of hypertension
- Are overweight or sedentary
- Use tobacco products or drink alcohol heavily
- Have a diet high in salt or low in potassium
You can do a lot to reduce your risk of hypertension by following a low salt diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. If you smoke, you should stop, and only drink alcohol in moderation.
Your cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology can prescribe many effective medications to get your blood pressure back under control. Some common medications include:
- Diuretics, to help rid your body of excess water
- Beta blockers, to open blood vessels and lower cardiac workload
- ACE inhibitors, to relax blood vessels
- Calcium channel blockers, to relax blood vessels and slow heart rate
High blood pressure has been called the silent killer, so if you have hypertension, it’s time to act. It’s time to call your cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ. Don’t wait, because your life may depend on it. Call today!