High blood pressure is a chronic disease that develops without causing symptoms and may lead to serious health complications like a stroke or heart attack. Wael Faltas, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who takes a proactive and personalized approach to high blood pressure at Clinic Time in New Port Richey, Florida. He customizes plans, focusing on lifestyle modifications to improve your blood pressure and health. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to discuss treatments for your high blood pressure.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when the force of pressure against the blood vessel walls during a heartbeat and between beats is consistently too high. Over time, the excess force on the blood vessels causes them to narrow and stiffen, so your heart has to pump harder to circulate blood throughout the body.
Changes to the blood vessels and the extra workload on the heart increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure also damages organs, putting you at risk of developing chronic health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, or vascular dementia.
You can have high blood pressure and not know it because it occurs without causing any symptoms. Many health care providers refer to high blood pressure as the silent killer. At Clinic Time, Dr. Faltas measures your blood pressure at every visit.
It’s not uncommon to have a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading when you visit your doctor. This is called “white coat syndrome, " which results from your anxiety about your visit.
If Dr. Faltas has concerns about high blood pressure, he may ask you to invest in an at-home blood pressure machine so you can check your numbers while going about your normal routine. These readings may provide a more accurate picture of your health.
In general, Dr. Faltas diagnoses high blood pressure when you have three higher-than-normal blood pressure readings at three separate office visits.
Dr. Faltas takes a patient-centered approach to health using the scientific method, combining his years of clinical experience with his vast scientific knowledge of the body. After conducting a thorough evaluation, he talks to you about your blood pressure and how it affects your health.
Initial treatment for high blood pressure focuses on lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and sleeping at least 7 hours a night. Getting to a healthy weight may also improve your blood pressure.
When lifestyle changes fail to improve your high blood pressure, Dr. Faltas may prescribe medication.
High blood pressure is common and occurs without symptoms. Call Clinic Time or schedule your appointment online today.