Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure can cause serious health complications when left untreated. At C+Y Medical PC in Brooklyn, New York, the experienced team has advanced diagnostic tools and the expertise to help identify and treat high blood pressure. To get your high blood pressure under control, call C+Y Medical or schedule an appointment online today.
Also known as hypertension and HBP, high blood pressure is the result of your blood pressure being too high for a long period of time.
Blood pressure is created by your heart pushing oxygen-rich blood out to your tissues and organs. As this blood pushes out from the heart through your arteries, capillaries, and veins, it exerts pressure against the blood vessels.
If you have high blood pressure for long periods of time, it puts a strain on your heart and blood vessels. As they work harder, small tears occur within your arteries. LDL (bad) cholesterol builds and plaque forms within the damage, causing your arteries to narrow.
When damage increases and plaque continues to grow, your arteries become more narrow and your blood pressure rises even more as it works to send blood throughout your body. This can lead to serious health complications, including:
High blood pressure can also cause heart failure.
There are two types of hypertension: primary (essential) and secondary. When you have primary hypertension, there is no cause. Meanwhile, secondary hypertension is usually brought on by another health condition and occurs suddenly.
Some causes of secondary hypertension include:
Several chronic conditions can increase your chances of developing high blood pressure, such as sleep apnea, kidney disease, and diabetes. Additional factors include:
Smoking or a family history of hypertension also increase your risk of developing high blood pressure in the future.
In addition to medications, high blood pressure is very responsive to changes in lifestyle. Your doctor at C+Y Medical PC might recommend a variety of strategies, such as weight-loss plans, stress management techniques, or a healthier diet and regular exercise.
While your doctor works with you to establish a healthy lifestyle and medication plan, they closely monitor your condition through regular health exams and testing that might include:
Call C+Y Medical PC or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about managing your high blood pressure.