Approximately 1 in 3 American adults has hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure. If you’re among this number, or if you have a family history of the disease, consider making an appointment at Ani Medical Group in Hazlet and Old Bridge, New Jersey, to have your blood pressure checked. Mohamad Salim Ani, MD, FACC, is a board-certified cardiologist who offers a comprehensive range of services to lower and control your blood pressure. Call Ani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Your blood pressure is the force your blood puts on your blood vessels as it moves through your body. It’s measured in two numbers — the first is your systolic pressure, which is the force when your heart beats, and the second number is your diastolic pressure that measures the pressure when your heart is at rest between beats.
Healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or lower. Any measurements higher than this are considered elevated, and the severity of your condition increases with higher numbers. High blood pressure doesn’t usually cause noticeable symptoms, and for this reason is known as the “silent killer,” so having your blood pressure checked at your annual physical exam is the best way to keep an eye on your cardiovascular health.
Several factors contribute to your risk of developing high blood pressure. For example, if you have a family history of high blood pressure, your chances of having the condition increase. Other factors that contribute to high blood pressure are related to your lifestyle, and can include:
If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, make an appointment to have it checked. A simple cuff blood pressure test can reveal a lot about your health.
After you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, Dr. Ani creates a customized treatment plan to lower and control your blood pressure.
Whenever possible, Dr. Ani treats the condition with lifestyle modifications. He’ll help you to stop using tobacco products. He also provides heart-healthy diet information and encourages you to consume more heart-healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, while limiting salt, fat, red meat, and alcohol consumption.
Dr. Ani also suggests you get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity every day. This could be as simple as a brisk walk during your lunch break or after dinner. Combined with dietary changes, you may also lose weight, which can improve your blood pressure.
If lifestyle modifications aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure, Dr. Ani can also prescribe medicine. For example, he may recommend diuretics, ACE inhibitors, or calcium channel blockers. You might also benefit from beta blockers. Everyone has unique needs and Dr. Ani performs a comprehensive exam and consultation before prescribing any treatment.
Call Ani Medical Group or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment for high blood pressure.