Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that can lead to serious health problems, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.
Most people with high blood pressure are unaware because symptoms are rarely noticeable. That is why it is important to visit your doctor regularly for a general medical check-up. When blood pressure reaches life-threatening levels, the following symptoms may be noticeable:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Pounding in the head or chest
- Sharp chest pains
Elevated blood pressure may be inherited or related to other factors including:
- Being overweight
- Diet high in saturated fat and/or sodium
- Excessive drinking
- Physical inactivity
- Being male
- High stress
You can help manage your hypertension and lower your risk of stroke by making lifestyle changes or with medication from your doctor. When detected and treated early, the prognosis is very good. Make an appointment at one of our Los Angeles area offices or contact Dr. Helmy to learn how we can help treat hypertension and high blood pressure.