High blood pressure or hypertension can become life-threatening if it is not treated. Dr. Vukasinov understand the importance of treating chronic conditions. He discusses signs & symptoms along with treatment plans.
Hypertension is a chronic medical condition that leads to persistent elevation of blood pressure in the arteries. Hypertension is also commonly known as high blood pressure. Some causes of hypertension are advancing age, sedentary lifestyle with poor diet, obesity, even sleep apnea, excessive alcohol intake and stress. Hypertension can also be caused by tobacco use.
Some common symptoms of hypertension are persistent headache, feeling tired, shortness of breath can lead to chest pain. But more concerning hypertension is also known as a silent killer, meaning no symptoms, which again underscores the importance of regular screening. Hypertension can be diagnosed during regular doctor checkups, we use a upper arm pressure cuff to assess the blood pressure during your visits. Typically, hypertension is treated with lifestyle interventions first, assessing an appropriate low salt diet, regular cardiovascular exercise. And depending on the stage of hypertension, we gravitate towards antihypertensive medications as well.
Hypertension can significantly impact our health. It can affect our heart, our kidneys, our brain, and our eyes. Fortunately, it can be easily screened for and treated appropriately to prevent these complications.