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High Blood Pressure

flash gordon, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Ross Valley Medical

flash gordon, MD

Primary Care Physician & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Greenbrae, CA and Marin County, CA

A staggering one in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure. That’s about 75 million people. Unfortunately, about half of them don’t have their condition under control; many don’t even know they have it in the first place. Preventive health measures like regular physical exams and blood pressure screening are the most important steps you can take against high blood pressure. Call the office of Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. in Greenbrae, California, or use the online scheduling tool for testing and treatments that help you manage high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

Why is high blood pressure dangerous?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a medical condition in which the force of blood against your arteries is too strong. 

If your blood pressure remains consistently high over a period of time, it puts unnecessary strain on your heart and increases your risk of developing life-threatening health conditions like: 

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dementia (vascular dementia is the second most common kind)
  • Kidney damage
  • Aneurysm

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a silent killer: it often doesn’t have any noticeable symptoms. Many patients may have it for years, only to find out when they get other health complications like a heart attack, stroke, dementia, or kidney disease.

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is through a blood pressure screening.  Ideally, your blood pressure should be at or below 120/80 mm Hg.

However, if your numbers are above 120/80 mm Hg, you have prehypertension. A reading at or above 130/80 mm Hg indicates high blood pressure, in which case you’ll need to take steps to improve your health.

Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon, m.d. stresses the importance of getting annual physicals and blood pressure screenings, to regularly monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis and catch anomalies early on. This reduces your chances of developing high blood pressure to begin with and lowers your risk of chronic diseases and premature death.

How do you treat high blood pressure?

If you have high blood pressure, there’s no known cure, but dr. gordon has helped countless patients get their condition under control and continue to live long, healthy lives. After a comprehensive physical exam including blood pressure reading, as well as appropriate tests, Dr. gordon makes recommendations based on how high your blood pressure is and your current physical condition.

Changes to your diet and making sure you get 30 minutes of daily exercise can make a huge difference to your blood pressure numbers. These changes also help control your weight, if that’s a factor contributing to your hypertension. Losing just 10 pounds can cause a significant drop to your blood pressure and lower your risk of developing diabetes.

If your blood pressure is high, Dr. gordon can prescribe medication to help bring your numbers down and improve your cardiovascular function. Many different classes of medication are effective, and all have certain advantages and disadvantages. Since people are different, treatment is usually different.

Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment to get a blood pressure evaluation today.