Dealing with high blood pressure? Learn more about this condition and what it means for your health.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Do you want to know the best way to protect yourself from developing hypertension? No matter why you are here, it’s great that you are taking the initiative to lead a healthier life. From the Kissimmee, FL, office of our cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid, read on to learn all about hypertension!
What is a normal blood pressure reading?
A normal blood pressure is less than 120 (the systolic, or the top number) and over 80 (the diastolic, or the bottom number), which reads as 120/80.
When is blood pressure considered high?
There are different stages of hypertension,
- Elevated blood pressure is a systolic reading between 120-129 and a diastolic reading of less than 80.
- Hypertension stage 1 is a systolic reading between 130-139 and a diastolic reading between 80-89.
- Hypertension stage 2 is a systolic reading of 140 or higher and a diastolic reading of 90 or higher.
- Hypertensive crisis (this is a medical emergency) means a systolic reading over 180 and a diastolic reading that is higher than 120.
While an elevated blood pressure reading may not seem critical, it’s important to not take this reading lightly. In fact, many people with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop hypertension if they do nothing to improve their current health and lifestyle.
The sooner you are able to detect a higher than normal blood pressure, the sooner you can take control of the situation; fortunately, elevated blood pressure can often be controlled with simple lifestyle changes.
Are there risk factors for high blood pressure?
Certain risk factors including,
- A family history of hypertension
- Diets high in salt
- Being overweight or obese
- Taking birth control pills
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Unfortunately, many people with hypertension don’t even know they have it! This is because it often produces no symptoms unless the blood pressure is extremely high and requires immediate medical attention.
Seeing your doctor for an annual checkup will allow them to monitor your blood pressure and detect hypertension. If you have a family history of high blood pressure or other risk factors, it may be a good idea to visit our Kissimmee, FL, heart doctor regularly to check your blood pressure.
How is hypertension treated?
There are a variety of lifestyle changes that can improve your blood pressure including,
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting or quitting alcohol
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in sodium
- Reducing stress
Medication may also be prescribed to help get your blood pressure under control in instances where lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough. Medication along with a healthy lifestyle can improve your blood pressure and your health.
Give us a call!
When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Call the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, today at (407) 572-8900 to schedule your consultation!
Find out why your chest hurts and when to turn to a medical professional.
As you’ve probably heard before, chest pain is a symptom that you should never just ignore. Even though chest pain may be the result of something rather minor or innocuous, the symptom can also be the result of a number of life-threatening conditions that require immediate treatment. Read below to find out what causes chest pain and when you should turn to our Kissimmee, FL, cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid for care.
Common Causes of Chest Pain
As we mentioned, chest pain can be the result of something minor or potentially life-threatening, which is why you should always play it safe and see a doctor right away if you are dealing with chest pain for the first time. Causes of chest pain include,
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Heart attack
- Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart)
- Mitral valve prolapse (a condition that affects one of the valves of the heart)
The heart isn’t always to blame for your chest pain, however. Sometimes issues with the respiratory or gastrointestinal systems can lead to the sensation. These issues include,
- Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs)
- Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Peptic ulcers
- Gallbladder issues
- Hiatal hernia
When to See a Cardiologist
Again, if you are experiencing chest pain, it’s best to turn to your doctor right away to make sure that the problem isn’t serious. Call your Kissimmee, FL, heart doctor right away if you are experiencing,
- Severe chest pain
- Trouble swallowing
- Fever or chills
- Rapid heart rate
- Very low blood pressure or low heart rate
- Chest pain that spread to other areas of the body
- Sudden chest pain accompanied by trouble breathing, especially during inactivity
It’s important to keep in mind that many of these symptoms may be similar to the symptoms you’ll experience with a heart attack, although it doesn’t necessarily guarantee it. Of course, do not dismiss or ignore your pain, as the consequences could be fatal.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
We know how scary chest pain and other heart-related symptoms can be, and we know that, in these cases, you want answers as soon as possible. Turn to the experts at the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, FL, to get the comprehensive and compassionate heart care that you are looking for! Our number is (407) 572-8900. Call today!
Are you concerned that you might be dealing with high blood pressure? Let’s find out.
No matter whether hypertension (high blood pressure) runs in your family or not, anyone can develop this chronic problem. In fact, about 75 million American adults, or 1 in every 3 people, have high blood pressure. Even children can develop high blood pressure. From the office of our Kissimmee, FL, cardiologist Dr. Aamir Javaid, find out what causes hypertension, the warning signs of the condition, and how it’s treated.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Unfortunately, there is a reason hypertension is often called the “silent killer”. This is usually because there are absolutely no warning signs that you might have high blood pressure even though you do. This is why you should get routine medical checkups to make sure your blood pressure is normal. If high blood pressure runs in your family, you may want to monitor your blood pressure on your own.
How can I reduce my risk for developing high blood pressure?
Luckily, this is a problem that can be prevented altogether with the proper lifestyle. If you want to reduce your chances for hypertension here’s what you can do:
- Maintain a healthy weight (or lose excess weight)
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Quit or avoid smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Limit caffeine
- Reduce stress
- Limit sodium in your diet
If you have diabetes this can also increase your chances for high blood pressure. In this case, it’s important to manage your diabetes through medications in order to reduce your risk. Simple lifestyle modifications are often all you need to keep your blood pressure within the healthy and normal range.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Depending on your blood pressure levels, our Kissimmee, FL, heart doctor will determine whether certain lifestyle modifications are all that’s needed to reduce your blood pressure. If blood pressure isn’t responding to simple changes in your health and lifestyle then medications may be recommended. The lifestyle modifications for treating blood pressure are the same as the ones above for preventing high blood pressure.
Common medications for treating high blood pressure include:
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
Once you begin taking medication for high blood pressures, chances are you will take this medication for the rest of your life.
Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care offers locations in Kissimmee, Poinciana, and St. Cloud, FL, to provide you with the comprehensive heart care you need. If you are experiencing symptoms of high blood pressure it’s important to give us a call as soon as possible for an evaluation.
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