High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Specialist
High blood pressure typically appears in adulthood and gets worse over time. Fortunately, effective treatments are available to lower your blood pressure and prevent the complications of this condition. Dr. Effideen Ameerally treats high blood pressure in men and women in Mesa, Arizona, and the surrounding area. To make an appointment for high blood pressure diagnosis or treatment, please contact The Medical Clinic today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure occurs when the pressure of the blood against the walls of your blood vessels is too high. When this pressure is high enough, it can cause damage over time, leading to dangerous complications. Some of the possible complications of high blood pressure include:

  • Weakened or damaged blood vessels in your eyes
  • Weakened or damaged blood vessels in your kidneys
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm

Because these complications can be so severe, seeking treatment is essential for anyone with dangerously high blood pressure.

How do patients know if they have high blood pressure?

In many cases, high blood pressure won’t cause any symptoms. If your blood pressure is very high, you may experience nosebleeds, shortness of breath, or headaches. However, because these symptoms don’t always occur, having your blood pressure checked regularly is the best way to make sure you aren’t suffering from high blood pressure.

Dr. Ameerally’s staff measures your blood pressure each time you come to the office for an appointment. In general, Dr. Ameerally may suspect that you have high blood pressure if your systolic pressure is more than 120 mm Hg or if your diastolic pressure is over 80 mm Hg. However, he may not recommend treatment until your systolic pressure reaches 140 mm Hg or your diastolic pressure reaches 90 mm Hg.

How is it treated?

If your blood pressure reaches a level that requires treatment, Dr. Ameerally usually prescribes medication. Common medications used to treat high blood pressure include beta blockers, diuretics, and calcium channel blockers. Depending on your response to medication, you may need more than one prescription to bring your blood pressure down to a safe level.

What can patients do to reduce blood pressure levels?

In addition to taking medication, you may be able to reduce your blood pressure with specific lifestyle changes. Some of the lifestyle changes that may help with high blood pressure include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Losing excess weight
  • Limiting how much alcohol you drink
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing the amount of salt you eat
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly

You should also follow all of Dr. Ameerally’s instructions carefully and keep all follow-up appointments.

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