Cardiologist located in Pomona, Montclair, & West Covina, CA
Around a third of Americans have hypertension, but many people don’t know they have this potentially dangerous disease. If you’re concerned about high blood pressure or have a family history of the disease, contact Yogesh Paliwal, MD, and the team at Indus Cardiology. With three locations in Pomona, Montclair, and West Covina, California, they offer expert diagnosis and customized treatment to lower your blood pressure and restore your health. Call the office or make an appointment online today.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a nearly symptomless condition that can severely impact your health. Your blood pressure is the force exerted on the insides of your blood vessels as your heart pumps blood through your body.
Your blood pressure measurement has two numbers. Your systolic pressure is the force created when your heart beats, and your diastolic pressure is the force when your heart rests between beats. Healthy blood pressure is expressed as 120/80 mmHg.
Any blood pressure measurement with a systolic reading over 120 is elevated, even if your diastolic reading is 80 or less. When your blood pressure is 130/80 or higher, you have hypertension, and your risk of severe health issues increases as your numbers get higher.
What are the signs of hypertension?
Hypertension doesn’t usually cause noticeable symptoms. Often, the first time that you become aware of high blood pressure is when you suffer a severe cardiac event, such as heart attack or stroke.
In some cases, you might develop symptoms, such as headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds.
The team at Indus Cardiology checks your blood pressure during every office visit. The earlier you recieve a diagnosis, the sooner you can start treatment to protect and improve your health.
What causes high blood pressure?
While genetic factors and your family history contribute to your risk of high blood pressure, in many cases, high blood pressure is caused by your lifestyle. Some of the risk factors for high blood pressure include:
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- Eating a high-salt, high-fat diet
- Being overweight
- Drinking too much alcohol
High blood pressure can also develop as a secondary condition when you have other health problems, such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, or kidney disease.
How is hypertension treated?
Indus Cardiology offers expert, customized treatment plans combining medicine and lifestyle modifications to lower your blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is elevated, you may be able to control your condition with adjustments to your diet and exercise habits. Additionally, weight loss can help lower your blood pressure. If you need help losing weight, talk to the team at Indus Cardiology about a customized weight loss program.
However, if diet and exercise aren’t enough to improve your health, your provider can prescribe medicine to lower your blood pressure. For example, they may suggest diuretics, ACE inhibitors, or calcium channel blockers.
If you’re concerned about hypertension, call Indus Cardiology or make an appointment online today.