Understanding Hypertension and Its Impact on Your Health
- Posted on: Jul 30 2019
According to the American Heart Associate, an estimated 103 million adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. That’s approximately half of the adults in the nation. With these growing percentages, it is essential that patients are informed about the signs of hypertension and the ways to address it.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. A normal level of blood pressure should be in the range of 120/80. However, patients with hypertension are those with a regular blood pressure measuring at higher than 130/80. During most visits to the doctor, a nurse or medical provider may take your blood pressure and let you know whether it is low, normal, or high. If you are being told on a consistent basis that your blood pressure is high, it may be time to be evaluated by a doctor for hypertension.
High blood pressure is a condition that can be managed in many different ways. This should be done because of the risks and consequences of routinely high blood pressure levels. Unmanaged hypertension can result in medical conditions such as:
- Blood clots
- Coronary artery disease
- Enlarged heart
- Heart failure
- Heart attacks
- Damage to the kidneys
- Transient ischemic attacks (TIA)
Treatment for hypertension
Men and women who have been diagnosed with hypertension can seek effective treatment with their primary care physician or internal medicine doctor. Dr. Magdy Nasra encourages patients to think about treatment options and techniques of reducing blood pressure which may include:
- Increased physical exercise
- Reduction of stress levels
- Stopping the use of drugs and alcohol
- Stopping tobacco use
- The use of pharmaceuticals
Determining the best treatment for your hypertension will vary depending on if it is a chronic problem or in the earlier stages. The treatment option best for you can be decided with the help of your medical provider.
Call Dr. Magdy Nasra of Holmdel, NJ today!
If you are interested in speaking to a professional about hypertension and management of this condition, call the office of Dr. Magdy Nasra at (732) 888-8255 to schedule an appointment. Our team is conveniently located at 723 North Beers Street, Suite #2C and is ready to assist new and existing patients in our internal medicine practice.
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