Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is another name for abnormally high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood against artery walls. That force typically increases and decreases throughout the day. However, if it remains too high for too long, it causes serious health problems.

Hypertension is especially dangerous because it has no symptoms. Only after measuring blood pressure do patients learn it’s too high. Without management, hypertension:

  • Causes heart disease, failure, and attack

  • Increases the risk of chronic kidney disease

  • Increases the risk of a debilitating or fatal stroke

It’s for those outcomes that hypertension is often called a “silent killer.”

What causes hypertension?

Some medical conditions increase the risk of developing hypertension.

Patients with prehypertension have blood pressure that’s slightly higher than average for developing high blood pressure and its associated health problems. Many diabetes patients also have high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease.

Particular lifestyle choices also increase the risk of hypertension including:

  • Excess body fat

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

  • Lack of physical activity

  • Poor diet and nutrition

  • Tobacco use

Dr. Rabadi can explain how those conditions and issues are related and teach you to manage both effectively.

How is hypertension controlled?

Dr. Rabadi believes a healthy lifestyle is the best defense against high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and a host of other problematic health conditions. That healthy lifestyle includes:

  • A healthy diet

  • A healthy weight

  • Living tobacco-free

  • Minimal alcohol

  • Regular exercise

Numerous medications can lower blood pressure, and most have none or very few side effects. You should only take these drugs as directed, even if your blood pressure comes down and you’re feeling good; don’t discontinue taking high blood pressure medication without Dr. Rabadi’s approval.

Dr. Rabadi wants patients with hypertension to know that with medication and good habits, the condition is manageable. Call or go online to book your checkup today.

Ammir Rabadi, M.D.

Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Yonkers, NY

One out of every three American adults has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Half have the condition safely under control. For others, high blood pressure increases their risk of heart attack and stroke. Yonkers, New York family physician Ammir Rabadi, MD helps patients control their blood pressure so they can stay active and healthy for years to come. Call or go online to book your appointment to discuss hypertension today.