Why You Don't Want to Ignore Your Hypertension

Why You Don't Want to Ignore Your Hypertension

It’s estimated that up to 45% of adults suffer from hypertension, and the risk of developing it only rises with age. Hypertension often has few to no symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose without a trip to the doctor. However, getting diagnosed is just half of the problem. 

Once you’ve received your diagnosis and any prescribed medication, it’s up to you to manage your cardiovascular health. 

At Indus Cardiology, with offices in Pomona, West Covina, and Montclair, California, Dr. Yogesh Paliwal provides diagnostic and treatment options for hypertension, and can help you lower your risk of high blood pressure.

Understanding hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a pervasive health problem across the globe. As your heart beats, it places pressure on your arteries to carry the blood along. If your vessels become narrow or clogged, your heart has to pump harder to push the blood through. This increases your blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart disease. 

High blood pressure has few symptoms, but it can be detected by taking a blood pressure reading. However, most people ignore symptoms and refuse to change their lifestyle after being diagnosed. Hypertension is more than just a risk factor for heart disease; it can have a serious impact on your cardiovascular health. 

Correcting your hypertension is the best way to preserve your health and avoid life-threatening events like heart attack and stroke. 

Managing your cardiovascular health

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hypertension, there are many things you can do to manage your condition and improve the health of your heart. At Indus Cardiology, our team can put together a customized treatment plan to help you lower your blood pressure and lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Diet and exercise are considered frontline protection against hypertension. If you are currently overweight or lead a sedentary lifestyle, a light exercise plan can greatly improve your overall health, including your blood pressure. 

A high-salt, high-fat diet can also put you at risk for hypertension. Dieting can be difficult, but we recommend making small changes to whittle down how much salt and fat you consume. Limiting your alcohol intake and quitting smoking can also take stress off your body and help regulate your blood pressure. 

While lifestyle changes can work wonders for your health, we understand the importance of medication. Indus Cardiology also prescribes diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers to help manage high blood pressure. 

To learn more about hypertension and your treatment options, call our location closest to you or visit the contact page for more information.

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