Fulshear Medical Associates
Internal Medicine & Psychiatry located in Houston, TX
High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” because this common condition leads to serious health complications, including early mortality, but has no outward symptoms. Managing your blood pressure levels is critical and possible with help from Syed Abrar, MD, of Fulshear Medical Associates in Houston, Texas. For expert blood pressure management, make an appointment. Call today or use the online tool. Telehealth visits are available.
Blood Pressure Management Q & A
Who needs blood pressure management?
When your blood pumps too strongly against the walls of your arteries, you receive a high blood pressure or hypertension diagnosis. The heavy pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems without careful management.
A high blood pressure diagnosis occurs when your readings are higher than 130/80 mm Hg at three consecutive visits. But, if you have consistent readings higher than 120/80 mm Hg, you’re at grave risk of developing full-blown hypertension if you don’t take action to control it.
Thankfully, Fulshear Medical Associates provides expert blood pressure management plans.
What risk factors mean I could use blood pressure management?
The following puts you at greater risk of developing hypertension:
- Family history of hypertension
- Middle or older age
- Excessive stress
- Overweight or obese
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Too much sodium and too little potassium in your diet
Diabetics are also at greater risk of developing high blood pressure. If you have any of these risk factors, have regular blood pressure checks. Then, if you should show signs of rising pressure, you can get them under control before complications occur.
What complications does blood pressure management prevent?
High blood pressure has devastating effects on your health. Left untreated, hypertension can lead to:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Heart failure
- Kidney problems
- Metabolic syndrome
The longer you go with high blood pressure and without management, the more dire your case. Long-term, uncontrolled blood pressure can do irreversible harm to your internal organs.
What does blood pressure management involve?
Even if you don’t have full-blown high blood pressure, you can take steps to keep your levels low and avoid compromising your health. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, and staying active are easy ways to avoid hypertension altogether.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s imperative that you make lifestyle changes that include more whole foods, less sodium, and more physical activity. If you’re overweight, losing pounds can also help you better manage your numbers. Dr. Abrar can help you make these changes.
He may also prescribe medications to help you lower your blood pressure. The exact prescription depends on your overall health and the severity of your symptoms. These medications serve as a complement to your lifestyle changes, not as a replacement for them.
You come in for regular blood pressure checks to make sure your treatment plan keeps your numbers in a normal range. Dr. Abrar makes adjustments to your plan along the way in response to health, weight, and blood pressure changes.
Get the very best in blood pressure management at Fulshear Medical Associates.
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