Are you suffering from heart disease in the Reseda, CA area? At Rachman Medical Group we have heart disease specialists available five days a week to treat you. Hypertension is a heart disease we specialize in at our clinic, and we’ve helped many in the area with this condition. Make an appointment today to start improving your heart health!
What is hypertension?
Also known as high blood pressure, this condition occurs when blood flows through your system with a greater force than average. It is known as the “silent killer” because most people are unaware, they are afflicted by it until there is a significant complication, like a stroke or a heart attack. One of the factors that determine high blood pressure is the size of your arteries. The smaller they are, the higher your blood pressure will be. Hypertension is quite common, and most people will eventually develop this condition at some point during their life, which is why regular screening is essential to keep it under control.
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Unfortunately, you can have hypertension for years without any apparent symptoms. You might even have dangerously high blood pressure right now and also not be aware of it. Despite any visible signs, high blood pressure can damage your internal organs. When symptoms do appear, they arrive as headaches, nosebleeds, and shortness of breath.
What is the cause of hypertension?
Hypertension can be the result of a “primary cause” or a “secondary cause.” Currently, doctors do not know the main reason behind primary hypertension. However, if caught early, we can help manage it to help prevent more severe complications.
Secondary hypertension, however, is something our doctors can home in on and find the cause behind it. This form of hypertension usually arrives suddenly as the result of:
- Thyroid problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Kidney problems
- Illegal drug use like cocaine
- Adrenal gland tumors
- Congenital disabilities in your blood vessels
- Certain medications like oral contraceptives
Once we determine the underlying reason behind your secondary hypertension, it can be treated, therefore lowering your blood pressure.
What are the risk factors that make it more likely for someone to develop hypertension?
Hypertension has been shown to afflict people more often when they are in their mid to late 60’s. Tobacco use and alcohol consumption also contribute to high blood pressure. Links have also been found if someone is obese or overweight. Finally, if hypertension is common in your family, then you are likely at higher risk for it.
What are the common complications related to hypertension?
Generally, increased blood pressure can lead to kidney damage, stroke, and heart attack.
How can the Rachman Medical Group help me with high blood pressure?
At our clinic, we can screen you for high blood pressure by taking this reading when you visit our clinic. If your blood pressure readings are above 140/90, you have hypertension. If it is above 120/80, it is considered to be prehypertension. With prehypertension, we’ll suggest lifestyle changes that can help prevent the development of full hypertension and the complications that come along with it.
Where are you located?
Come to Rachman Medical Group today to be screened for hypertension and for help managing it. Our clinic is located at 7601 Canby Ave Suite 7 Reseda, CA 91335. For more information about hypertension, contact our clinic today at (818) 485-4517 or request an appointment online. We are open five days a week Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. We are ready to help you feel better! We serve patients from Reseda CA, San Fernando CA, Twin Lakes CA, Hidden Hills CA, and Burbank CA.