Hypertension is a common health condition that can develop without your even knowing it and can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Board-certified internal medicine physician Piya Ghoshal, MD at her offices in Amityville and West Islip, New York, provides expert medical care and can help you manage your hypertension. For comprehensive compassionate care, call Piya Ghoshal MD PC today to request an appointment.
Hypertension, which is also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the force of blood against your artery walls is higher than normal. Over time, the excess force damages your blood vessels and other organs and may increase your risk of heart and kidney disease, or having a heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm.
You may be at risk of developing hypertension if it runs in your family, you eat a diet high in salt, or you’re overweight or obese. You may also be more likely to develop hypertension as you get older.
Hypertension develops without causing symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is to have Dr. Ghoshal check your blood pressure when you come in for care. One elevated blood pressure doesn’t mean you have hypertension, however. Dr. Ghoshal may need a few elevated blood pressures at different visits to confirm a diagnosis.
If you think your blood pressure may be falsely elevated due to “white coat syndrome,” then you may want to track your blood pressure with a home blood pressure machine or check it at your local pharmacy to get a more accurate picture.
Symptoms that may indicate you have high blood pressure include headaches, shortness of breath, and nose bleeds. However, these symptoms usually only develop when blood pressure levels are severe.
Dr. Ghoshal develops a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your hypertension based on your blood pressure numbers, lifestyle, and medical history. Your treatment plan may include:
If you’re overweight or obese, weight loss may significantly improve your blood pressure numbers. Dr. Ghoshal offers a physician-supervised weight-loss plan and can help you lose the weight to improve your numbers and your health. Weight loss may also reduce your need for blood pressure medication.
Hypertension is a common health condition. For medical management from an experienced physician, call Piya Ghoshal MD PC today.