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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Advanced Medical Group

Cardiology, Vein, & Podiatry located in Jersey City, NJ

Medical experts estimate that nearly half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension doesn’t have immediate symptoms, but it can lead to serious heart complications. That’s why it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Advanced Medical Group before your condition worsens. The team of skilled cardiovascular specialists at the Jersey City, Union City, and West New York, New Jersey, clinics get to the root of what’s causing your high blood pressure and get you the required treatment. Book your visit either online or over the phone.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

Why do I have high blood pressure?

You need some pressure and force to help blood circulate throughout your body, especially down to your lower extremities. But too much force can lead to clogs and permanent damage to veins, vessels, and arteries. High blood pressure can stem from:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Consuming too much sodium (salt)
  • Being inactive or sedentary
  • Having a family history of hypertension
  • Smoking cigarettes

Sometimes underlying conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid disorders, or obstructive sleep apnea cause high blood pressure. This is known as secondary hypertension.

What should my blood pressure be?

It’s important to check your blood pressure regularly to ensure it’s within a normal range. The American Heart Association reports that having normal blood pressure is a reading of less than 120/80 mmHg. Your blood pressure is considered high if it goes above 130/80 mmHg (stage 1 hypertension).

Stage 2 hypertension means that your blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg or higher. Because your blood pressure can fluctuate throughout the day, especially after exercise or after consuming caffeine, getting several blood pressure readings at various points throughout the day can help confirm a high blood pressure diagnosis.

Are there symptoms of high blood pressure?

Not in the early stages. High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it doesn’t cause symptoms until it becomes dangerously high. Once your blood pressure rises to 180/120 mmHg — a medical emergency — you may experience:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

These symptoms indicate you could be having a hypertensive crisis, which could be life-threatening.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Treating high blood pressure usually involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications, depending on the severity of your condition. The team at Advanced Medical Group can help you reach a healthy weight and learn dietary changes you need to make to resolve issues with high blood pressure. Medications all work differently, but some of the most common high blood pressure drugs can:

  • Eliminate excess water
  • Reduce vessel nerve impulses
  • Block vessel-narrowing chemicals
  • Relax muscle surrounding blood vessels

Lifestyle changes and medications don’t work overnight, so your team of specialists at Advanced Medical Group monitor you regularly and make adjustments as needed.

High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease. To get started on treatment at Advanced Medical Group, schedule an evaluation online or call the clinic location nearest you today.