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Your blood pressure is one of the biggest factors for determining your overall health.
What makes hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure) so dangerous is that you may have it and not know it. The best way to find out is by visiting our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha for a routine checkup. If you are at high risk for hypertension, it is particularly important that you visit us regularly to make sure your blood pressure is under control.
High blood pressure doesn’t typically cause symptoms; however, if you are dealing with blood pressure levels that are very high, it is possible that you may experience,
- Chest pain
- Blurry vision or vision problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pounding in the ears and chest
- Trouble breathing
- Facial flushing
- Trouble sleeping
Because hypertension can lead to stroke or heart attack, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention or call your Gilbert, AZ, heart doctor if you notice these signs. While these symptoms can be caused by other conditions and infections, it’s essential to rule out high blood pressure and find out what could be causing your symptoms.
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
While the risk of high blood pressure typically increases with age, if you have a family history of high blood pressure this can increase your risk. Those who have an immediate family member with hypertension should monitor their blood pressure levels regularly at home. Other factors that contribute to hypertension include,
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Leading an inactive, sedentary lifestyle
- Being overweight or obese
- Consuming a diet high in sodium
Preventing High Blood Pressure
While family history and age are not risk factors that you can change, there are certain improvements you can make to your daily lifestyle that can support and maintain normal blood pressure levels. These changes include:
- Quitting tobacco products
- Limiting alcohol
- Exercising regularly
- Reducing and managing stress
- Eating a low-sodium, healthy diet
- Losing excess weight
- Limiting caffeine
If you are experiencing chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, or difficulty catching your breath, it’s important that you see a cardiologist for a comprehensive evaluation. The team at Gilbert Cardiologist can provide you with the hypertensive treatment and medication you need right here at our Gilbert, AZ, practice. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (480) 786-9100.
Recognize the warning signs of these common and life-threatening heart problems.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationally and in Arizona, which includes both heart attack and heart failure. One factor that contributes to heart disease is age, and with around 17.6 percent of the Arizona population being aged 65 or older, it’s important that everyone understands risk factors and warning signs and how our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha can help.
What is the difference between a heart attack and heart failure?
A heart attack occurs when one of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked, cutting off blood flow to the heart. The muscles of the heart need oxygen, otherwise they will die. This is a sudden and serious condition, while heart failure is a condition that occurs over time. Heart failure occurs when the muscles of the heart weaken, which affects how much blood is pumped to the heart.
Sometimes heart failure can arise as a result of a heart attack. This is known as acute heart failure, and the symptoms may be pronounced and severe but can be treated. Since a heart attack can weaken the heart, this can also lead to heart failure.
What causes heart failure?
There are certain conditions that can predispose someone to develop heart failure. These include,
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart defects
- Thyroid disorder
- Alcohol abuse
What causes a heart attack?
If plaque starts to buildup around the arteries of the heart, this causes the arteries to narrow. If some of the plaque breaks off this can cause a blockage in the arteries so blood can no longer flow. This leads to a heart attack.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
Symptoms vary and can be different for both men and women. The most common warning signs include,
- Pain or pressure in the chest that may come and go (the intensity can range from mild to severe)
- Pain in the upper extremities or the neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Lightheadedness, cold sweats, nausea or vomiting (more common in women)
What are the signs of heart failure?
Here are some of the classic symptoms of heart failure,
- Consistent coughing or wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Intolerance to exercise
- Rapid breathing
- Swelling of the feet, ankles and legs
- Abdominal swelling
Here in Gilbert, AZ, our heart doctors offer congestive heart failure management to help you get your condition under control. We can work with you to create a treatment plan that will best suit your health and your lifestyle.
At Gilbert Cardiology we also offer same-day appointments to ensure that patients get the proper care they need. Call our Gilbert, AZ, cardiology practice today at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an evaluation. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
The American Heart Association says that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of American adults. How healthy is your heart? At Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Labibidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha advocate regular visits to their office to maintain good heart health. Here are the reasons why.
No one is immune
You may say, "Well, no one has ever had a heart attack in my family." That's great, but did you know that factors other than heredity help determine cardiovascular well-being?
Being male, overweight, having hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, experiencing continual job or life stress all strain the heart and blood vessels.
Besides, a heart attack is not the only cardiovascular issue. Others include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation
- Structural defects
If you or your primary care physician suspects you may have or could develop one or more of these conditions, you should pay a preventive visit to Gilbert Cardiology. Dr. Labibidi or Dr. Albasha will help you develop a cardiac check-list which will help you know your heart better and how to take care of it.
The cardiac checklist
Here's what everyone should know about and do for their cardiovascular health:
- Know important lab work results and vital signs. What are your baseline blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels? When was the last time you had an EKG?
- Be able to recognize the symptoms of heart attack and stroke. (They differ between men and women.)
- Exercise routinely. Simple walking five days a week is super-beneficial and requires no special equipment, clothes or gym fees.
- Stop smoking, and limit alcohol consumption.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet low in animal fat and high in fiber.
- Sleep seven to eight hours a night.
- Learn to relax. Stress is a heart killer. So, talk out your stress with a friend or trusted health care provider.
- Control your weight and your waist size.
Then, follow-up as your cardiologist recommends. They may order diagnostic testing, such as echocardiography, to understand your heart's size, function and strength. They also use this information to create a care plan specific to your history, current needs and lifestyle.
It's so important
A healthy cardiovascular system is key to your well-being and longevity, too. So, take care of it with routine visits to Gilbert Cardiology where the team is ready to take new patients. Phone for an appointment: (480) 786-9100.
If you have chest pain and shortness of breath, you may be wondering if you are in danger of having a heart attack. Your cardiologist can help diagnose heart disease and let you know your risk of having a heart attack. The cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, offer a wide range of heart care services, including diagnosis and treatment if you have had a heart attack.
A heart attack is caused when the flow of blood to your heart is blocked by an accumulation of fat and cholesterol deposits which narrow or block an artery. The lack of blood flow causes the heart muscle to become damaged or die.
You are in danger of having a heart attack if you:
- Smoke, or use illicit stimulant drugs
- Are sedentary, or have high stress levels
- Have diabetes, are obese, or have metabolic syndrome
- Have a family history of heart attacks or heart disease
- Are older, typically over 45 for men, and over 55 for women
- Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglyceride levels
If you have any of the risk factors listed above, you should seek out your cardiologist to determine your danger of having a heart attack. Your cardiologist may recommend an exercise stress test, an electrocardiogram, and other tests to determine your level of heart function.
So, how do you know if you are having a heart attack? In many cases, you may not experience symptoms, but there are usually warning signs which include:
- Pressure, tightness, and pain in your chest
- Chest pain that intensifies and doesn’t get better with rest
- A squeezing or aching feeling in your chest, arms, neck, jaw, or back
- Shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, and paleness
- Fatigue, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain
If you have had a heart attack, it can lead to additional heart issues including abnormal heart rhythms, failure of your heart to pump enough blood, and sudden cardiac arrest. To find out more about heart attack diagnosis and treatment, call the cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, today.
Protect yourself against the potential health dangers of high blood pressure.
With approximately 1 in every 3 adults in the US dealing with high blood pressure it’s important that people take certain precautionary measures to prevent hypertension and protect their health. From the office of our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha, learn more about hypertension, its risk factors, warning signs, and how to treat it.
What is blood pressure?
When our Gilbert, AZ, heart doctor places that black strap around your arm and squeezes that little plastic ball on the end we are checking your blood pressure. This measures how much pressure and force your blood is placing on the arterial walls of the heart while the heart is at rest.
What is a normal blood pressure reading?
A blood pressure reading is made up of the systolic number and the diastolic number. The systolic number (the top number) measures the force of blood against the walls while your heart is beating while the diastolic number (the lower number) measures the pressure of the blood on the walls between beats. A normal blood pressure reading is another at or below 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
When is blood pressure considered high?
There are different stages of high blood pressure:
- Elevated: In elevated states, the systolic number will range from 120-129 while the diastolic number will remain below 80. While this may not seem critical, those with consistent elevated blood pressure readings will often develop high blood pressure at some point unless important steps and lifestyle changes are taken.
- Hypertension Stage 1: At this stage, systolic numbers range from 130-139 and 80-89 for diastolic. This is when your cardiologist will most likely prescribe medication.
- Hypertension Stage 2: At this stage, blood pressure is consistently 140/90 or higher.
- Hypertensive crisis: This is when blood pressure is at or above 180/120. This is serious and requires immediate medical attention
Are there ways to naturally lower blood pressure?
While there are certain lifestyle changes you can implement to help lower your blood pressure those who are in Stage I or Stage 2 will most likely require medication to also reduce their risk for stroke or heart attack. Lifestyle changes include maintaining a healthy weight (or losing excess weight), eating a low-sodium diet, reducing alcohol consumption, and exercising regularly.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Unfortunately high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer”, which means that many times people don’t even know that they have high blood pressure. Potential warning signs that you may have hypertension include:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Severe headaches
What causes high blood pressure?
There are many factors that can contribute to high blood pressure. While sometimes there is no root cause to explain your hypertension, often times being inactive, a poor diet, obesity, older age, and a family history of hypertension can contribute.
Can blood pressure be cured?
Unfortunately there is no cure for high blood pressure; however, our cardiologist can help you find the most effective medication to keep your blood pressure within a healthy range for the long term.
Worried that you might be dealing with high blood pressure like members of your family? If so, call Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, today to schedule a consultation with us.