Approximately 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, but only half of them have it under control. Dr. Stevanovic is an internal medicine physician specializing in hypertension.
Avoid the dangerous health risks that come with high blood pressure. Call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.
High Blood Pressure Q&A
What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is a measure of the heart pumping blood throughout the body. As the blood exits the heart, it exerts pressure on the walls of the blood vessels. When this pressure remains elevated outside of a specific range it’s considered high. High blood pressure, known as hypertension, is often called the silent killer because it may exhibit no symptoms until it creates serious health complications.
What are the risks of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure strains the heart and forces the blood vessels to work harder to circulate blood throughout the body. This stress creates a dangerous cycle. Damage occurs within the blood vessels, and bad cholesterol (LDL) attaches itself to the vessel walls. An excess of LDL can lead to plaque buildup. As this damage continues, the arteries narrow, forcing the heart to work even harder.
Without treatment, high blood pressure can cause serious health complications, including stroke, aneurysm, arrhythmia, heart attack, heart failure, heart disease, and kidney disease.
What causes high blood pressure?
A number of factors can contribute to developing high blood pressure, including smoking, sleep apnea, family history, high-stress or sedentary lifestyle, obesity, a diet low in potassium and vitamin D or high in sodium. Certain health conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can also lead to high blood pressure.
How is high blood pressure diagnosed and treated?
Dr. Stevanovic diagnoses high blood pressure during your physical exam. A trained hypertension specialist, he works closely with you to develop a comprehensive whole-body strategy to manage your condition, even if you have blood pressure that’s very high or difficult to control.
Your treatment might include:
- 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
- Medications that lower blood pressure
- Weight management including diet and exercise
- Stress reduction strategies like yoga and meditation
- Counseling to achieve optimal health and lifestyle practices
Work with a specialist trained to manage your high blood pressure — call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.