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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!
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 you had high blood pressure, or hypertension, would you know it? Many people do not know that have this potentially debilitating and deadly cardiovascular condition, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Zaki Lababidi, Dr. Mohammed Reza Hojjati, and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, understand the myriad ways hypertension affects the body. They can help you control your blood pressure for your best heart health.
Ideal blood pressure and risks of hypertension
Health care providers and researchers agree: optimal blood pressure levels are 120/80 or lower. However, the CDC states that one in three Americans has b/p readings substantially above than that--classically, 140/90 or higher. This increased pressure on artery walls and small vessel circulation increases the likelihood of:
- Heart attack
- Kidney disease
- Loss of vision
- Memory and cognition impairment
- Sexual dysfunction
Unfortunately, hypertension truly is a silent killer because most individuals do not have any kinds of symptoms and may be surprised to see high blood pressure readings at routine check-ups with their primary care physicians.
Treating hypertension in Gilbert
An old maxim states, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In medical terms, preventing a problem or disease before it starts, or catching the signs early, forestalls serious complications. As such, the Heart Foundation recommends routine blood pressure screening with the primary care physician and careful monitoring of patients at risk for hypertension.
Your Gilbert cardiologist also advises a blood pressure care plan to treat patients with a diagnosis of hypertension. The goals include consistent b/p readings of 120/80 or lower, fewer blood pressure spikes, at-home and in-office monitoring, and lifestyle modifications such as:
- Consistent use of prescribed medications
- A recorded log of blood pressure readings at intervals recommended by Dr. Lababidi, Dr. Hojjati, or Dr. Albasha
- Regular cardiovascular exercise (simple walking is fine)
- Weight reduction and control
- A heart-healthy diet
- Elimination of all forms of tobacco
- Control of other systemic health conditions such as diabetes
- Identification and reduction of daily stressors
Healthy heart, healthy you
Your blood pressure plays a significant role in your cardiac and overall well-being. Please see your primary care physician yearly for your routine check-up, and when necessary, arrange a consultation at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, for monitoring and treatment of hypertension. We have same-day appointments when required. Please call us today: (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!