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.