Your arteries are designed to take a certain amount of pressure as your heart pumps blood throughout your body. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, exceeds that amount and, over a long period, can cause damage to your arteries and bring on heart disease or stroke.
In a healthy adult, a normal blood pressure reading should fall at about 120/80. If you register 140/90 more than twice, you likely have high blood pressure. It is important to have yourself checked regularly because most people with high blood pressure do not show any outward symptoms.
High blood pressure is caused by several factors, including:
Some foods and medications also contribute to high blood pressure, such as salt and ibuprofen.
Over time, the constant pressure on your arteries may lead to any of the following conditions:
One of the most effective ways to treat high blood pressure is making healthy lifestyle changes, including:
There are also medications that have been very successful in controlling hypertension, including:
Depending on your history and lifestyle, Dr. Ahad-Daman can find a combination of treatments that will best suit your case.
Dr. Ahad-Daman accepts most major insurance providers. Please contact your insurance provider directly for any coverage-related questions.
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