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Hypertension Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

More than 25 million Americans, about 1 in every 3 adults, suffer from hypertension. And because hypertension doesn’t have clear symptoms, many people don’t even know they have the condition. The team at MM Jersey City Breathing Center provides preventive care that includes regular testing to detect the condition and treatments to manage and control this life-threatening condition. If you have hypertension, or you think you’re at risk of developing it, call one of the three convenient locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, to make an appointment today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition that develops when the pressure of the blood being pumped in your blood vessels is too high. 

Over time, the perpetually high pressure damages your arteries and increases your chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and even cognitive difficulties.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension is known as a “silent killer,” as it develops slowly over time and doesn’t cause immediate symptoms that can act as warning signs. 

If your condition is advanced, you may notice symptoms that seem unrelated but are in fact, a direct result of untreated hypertension. These include:

  • Heart disease
  • Vision problems
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

The only way to detect high blood pressure is with regular blood pressure readings.

How do I know if my blood pressure is too high?

According to the American Heart Association, if your blood pressure readings are below 120/180 mmHg, you have a healthy level of blood pressure. 

If your reading is 130/180 mmHg or higher on more than two occasions, you have high blood pressure and need to make changes to address it.

How do you treat hypertension?

Hypertension doesn’t have one known cure, but the condition is manageable with simple lifestyle changes. At MM Jersey City Breathing Center, your specialist provides a customized plan to help you get your high blood pressure under control. 

An unhealthy weight level is one of the major culprits in developing hypertension, and losing just a small amount of weight can make a huge difference to your numbers and overall health. 

Your specialist may recommend that you incorporate changes to your diet to include more heart-healthy foods that contain a low amount of unhealthy fats. 

The team can also guide you in making changes to your exercise regimen so it’s more regular and includes exercises that are beneficial to your condition. 

In extreme cases, the team can prescribe medication to get your blood pressure under control in addition to changes in your diet and exercise.

You can control high blood pressure with proper care and management, and go on to live a healthy life free of complications like heart disease. Call the office to book an appointment at MM Jersey City Breathing Center today.