Hypertension is a cause of potentially life-threatening conditions like heart disease and kidney failure, but it rarely causes any symptoms. If you haven't had your blood pressure checked for a while, board-certified cardiologist Georges Feghali, MD, of HeartPlace can help. At locations in Dallas and Corsicana, Texas, Dr. Feghali measures your blood pressure to determine whether you have hypertension. He then provides expert advice and treatment to reduce your blood pressure to a healthier level. Call HeartPlace today to arrange a blood pressure check or book an appointment online.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a disorder in which blood pumps along your arteries with excessive force. This pressure is a significant cause of potentially life-threatening disorders like heart disease, congestive heart failure, and kidney failure.
Hypertension tends not to cause any symptoms. Therefore, without regular blood pressure checks, you could be unaware you have the condition until you develop a serious problem.
Hypertension may develop without any apparent cause, or it can be a complication of conditions like diabetes. Factors that add to your risk of high blood pressure include:
Although weight is an indicator of risk, it's possible to have hypertension with a healthy body weight.
Blood pressure measurement is a simple procedure that's normally part of a routine health check or sick visit with your primary care provider.
You have a blood pressure cuff wrapped around your arm above your elbow. Your provider inflates the cuff, then takes one reading as your heart beats (systolic pressure) and another in between (diastolic pressure).
Healthy blood pressure is below 120 systolic over 80 diastolic. Between 120/80 and 140/90, you have raised blood pressure, with high blood pressure being over 140 systolic or 90 diastolic. A reading of 180 systolic or 120 diastolic represents an urgent health risk.
Treating hypertension is a partnership between you and Dr. Feghali. He can identify underlying conditions like diabetes or thyroid disease that could be raising your blood pressure and make sure you're receiving the optimal treatment for these disorders.
Dr. Feghali can also advise you on the actions you need to take to help lower your blood pressure. These may include:
Depending on the severity of your hypertension, Dr. Feghali might want you to have diagnostic tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, or Doppler ultrasound.
These tests can show whether there's damage to your heart or arteries and how extensive it is.
If your hypertension is severe enough to put your health at serious risk, Dr. Feghali might prescribe medications to help lower your blood pressure.
The types of medications that could help include:
If you haven't been for a blood pressure check recently, call HeartPlace today or book an appointment online.