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Hypertension, known also as high blood pressure, is a condition affecting about 1.13 billion people worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Understanding this condition and your risk factors could help you protect your health. Your cardiologist Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology can help you manage hypertension in Gilbert, AZ.
What Is Hypertension?
Hypertension is a condition where your blood pressure is consistently above the normal range. Higher blood pressure means that your heart is having to work extra hard to push blood through your blood vessels. People with blood pressure above 130/80 mm Hg can be said to have high blood pressure.
Symptoms of Hypertension
Often, hypertension doesn't present symptoms till it reaches life-threatening levels. That's why hypertension is dubbed a silent killer. Symptoms of high blood pressure include:
- Sharp chest pain
- Pounding chest
Hypertension Risk Factors
Some factors can increase your risk of developing hypertension. While you could modify your lifestyle to change some of the risk factors some are unmodifiable.
Hypertension modifiable risk factors include:
- High sodium, low potassium diet
- Excess alcohol intake
- Physical inactivity
- Tobacco use
Unmodifiable risk factors for hypertension include:
- Family history of hypertension
- Over 65 years old
- Other health conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease
Complications of Hypertension
Uncontrolled hypertension can affect several organs in your body including your heart, eyes, kidneys, and brain. Hypertension can impair blood supply to your brain which could cause tissue death resulting in a stroke. It could also impair cognitive function later in life.
Hypertension could cause heart conditions such as angina, heart attack, and heart failure due to decreased blood flow to your heart.
Managing Hypertension in Gilbert, AZ
You can work on reducing your modifiable risk factors to manage or prevent hypertension. That means getting enough physical activity and attaining a healthy weight. Giving up unhealthy habits such as tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can help. Consider switching to a healthy diet too.
Check your blood pressure regularly and consult with your cardiologist for high blood pressure treatment options. Your doctors will also help you manage other health conditions you might have.
For help managing hypertension in Gilbert, AZ, call (480) 786-9100 to schedule your consultation with your cardiologist Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology, today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!