One out of five Americans remains unaware they have hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The caring and compassionate medical team led by Venu Prabaker, MD, at Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa offers an array of effective screenings, tests, and treatments for high blood pressure at their office. Dr. Prabaker works with you to regulate your blood pressure and improve your heart health with innovative treatments and quality, personalized care. Call the office in La Mesa, California, or book online to get started.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a medical condition where the force of your blood is frequently too high against the walls of your arteries. If you continue to have high blood pressure, it could lead to various complications over time, such as heart disease.
Dr. Prabaker can assess your blood pressure by measuring the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to the blood flow there is in your arteries. If you have high blood pressure, this usually means your arteries have narrowed, and your heart is pumping excess blood.
The symptoms of high blood pressure include:
Many people are unaware they have high blood pressure, so it’s important to stay on top of your health with regular annual exams.
There are different causes and types of high blood pressure.
Primary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure that occurs gradually over many years and doesn’t have a clear cause.
Secondary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure that can happen instantly, often due to an underlying condition.
Certain factors can heighten your risk of developing high blood pressure, such as:
Certain medications, such as prescription drugs, cold remedies, and birth control pills, can also heighten your risk for hypertension.
When high blood pressure isn’t properly controlled, it can lead to complications, such as heart failure, memory loss, and metabolic syndrome.
At your visit, your provider checks your blood pressure, assesses your medical history, performs a physical exam, and recommends any additional testing when necessary. Your provider might discuss healthy lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet and frequent exercise.
To help lower your blood pressure, they might recommend quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Dr. Prabaker offers a number of effective medications to assist you in regulating your blood pressure. The caring staff provides you with valuable information on how to keep your heart as safe as possible and can help you manage your high blood pressure as you age.
If you’re concerned about your heart health and dealing with high blood pressure, call Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa or click to book online.