High Blood Pressure

DeArk Medical Center PLLC

Internal and Preventive Medicine Clinic located in Charlotte, NC

It’s estimated that one in three American adults have high blood pressure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. As Charlotte, North Carolina’s leading internist, Dr. Iyamu, MD, PhD, and the team at DeArk Medical Center can help improve your blood pressure reading and preserve your heart health. If you have high blood pressure, schedule an appointment by clicking on the online scheduling feature, or by calling the clinic.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What causes high blood pressure?

With every heartbeat, your heart muscle pushes blood through veins, arteries, and vessels. This force against arterial walls is known as your blood pressure. You need a certain amount of pressure to help blood circulate, especially to and from your limbs and lower extremities.

But too much pressure can damage your circulatory vessels and put wear-and-tear on your heart. Common causes and risk factors of high blood pressure (hypertension) include:

  • High-sodium (salt) diet
  • Excess body weight
  • A family history of hypertension
  • Being over age 65
  • Sedentary lifestyle

It isn’t always known why you have high blood pressure though, so don’t be alarmed if none of these factors sound familiar.

When is blood pressure considered high?

For optimal heart health, your blood pressure reading should be below 120/80 mmHg, according to the American Heart Association. Usually, when it starts going above this number, Dr. Iyamu might start monitoring you more regularly and getting you started on lifestyle changes to bring it back down.

He’s probably going to diagnose you with hypertension if your blood pressure stays above 130/80 mmHg. If your blood pressure ever reaches 180/120 mmHg or more, it’s considered a hypertensive crisis, which is a medical emergency.

Can I tell if I have high blood pressure?

Usually not. Nicknamed the “silent killer,” hypertension doesn’t usually cause symptoms until you’re in a hypertensive crisis with a dangerously high blood pressure level. If this occurs, you could experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Vision disturbances

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or have a dangerously high blood pressure reading, it’s important to seek immediate emergency medical attention.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Treating high blood pressure often involves making lifestyle changes. This can include:

  • Decreasing your sodium intake
  • Losing weight
  • Getting more exercise
  • Decreasing your alcohol intake

Depending on your overall health and how high your blood pressure gets, Dr. Iyamu could prescribe medications to help. Blood pressure medications all work differently — some help eliminate excess water (diuretics), while others help relax your blood vessels.

If you have high blood pressure, see what Dr. Iyamu and the team at DeArk Medical Center can do to help improve your heart health. Book your visit either online or over the phone.

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