One out of five Americans has hypertension or high blood pressure without even knowing it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over time, poorly controlled high blood pressure can make your heart work harder to pump blood through your body. At his practice in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Ajay Reddy provides a range of testing and treatment methods to help you protect your heart and improve your heart health. Take care of one of your most important organs and regulate your blood pressure with innovative treatments and quality, individualized medical care. Click or call the friendly office staff to schedule your appointment with Dr. Reddy.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition where the long-term force of your blood against the walls of your arteries is too high. If the force continues to be too high, it could lead to complications over time, such as heart disease.
To determine your blood pressure, Dr. Reddy measures the amount of resistance to the blood flow in your arteries and the amount of blood your heart pumps. If you have high blood pressure, this typically means your heart is pumping excess blood and you may have narrowed arteries.
Symptoms of high blood pressure include:
Since the symptoms aren’t always easy to decipher, many people are unaware they have high blood pressure.
The cause of high blood pressure isn’t always definitive and there are two different types: primary and secondary:
Primary hypertension takes place over many years and doesn’t have a clear cause.
Secondary hypertension can occur suddenly and usually develops due to an underlying condition, or certain risk factors, such as:
Cold remedies, prescription drugs, birth control pills, and certain other medications can also increase the risk for high blood pressure.
High blood pressure that isn’t properly managed can lead to complications, such as memory loss, heart failure, and metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Reddy examines your medical history, checks your blood pressure, performs a physical exam, and recommends any additional testing if necessary. Dr. Reddy might discuss incorporating healthy lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and a nutrient-dense diet.
To help lower your blood pressure, Dr. Reddy might also recommend limiting your alcohol intake, quitting smoking, engaging in stress management, and maintaining a healthy weight.
A variety of effective medications is available to assist you in regulating your blood pressure. Dr. Reddy gives you valuable information on how to take care of your heart and keep it as safe as possible.
If you have high blood pressure and want to assess and improve your heart health, call or click today to visit Dr. Reddy.