Allied Healthcare Physicians
Internal Medicine & Physician Assistants located in Westchester, Mamaroneck, NY & The Bronx, NY
High blood pressure is common, affecting more than 100 million people in the United States and increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Internal medicine physician Eyad Hijazin, MD, and his experienced medical team screen for and treat high blood pressure at Allied Healthcare Physicians. They offer three convenient locations in Mamaroneck and New Rochelle, New York, as well as City Island in the Bronx in New York City. Call any of their offices to schedule a blood pressure screening or treatment today or book an appointment online.
High Blood Pressure Q & A
What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is described as the force of your blood against the artery walls. High blood pressure happens when this force is greater than it should be putting you at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure, which is why regular blood pressure screenings are so important. Your doctor lets you know if your blood pressure is low, normal, or too high.
Am I at risk of high blood pressure?
Numerous factors can increase your risk of high blood pressure. Some are preventable, while others are not. Examples include:
- Increased age
- Being of African decent
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Overweight and obesity
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Tobacco use
- A high sodium or low potassium diet
- Excessive alcohol use
- Having a chronic disease
Pregnancy can also contribute to high blood pressure, and some people are more prone to developing it than others. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the best way to protect against high blood pressure.
What is the treatment for high blood pressure?
During appointments at Allied Healthcare Physicians, your doctor reviews your medical history, completes a comprehensive exam, takes your blood pressure, and may order additional screenings. If your blood pressure is higher than normal, your medical team may recommend:
Sometimes making lifestyle changes is all it takes to lower blood pressure naturally. Examples include losing weight, boosting fruit and vegetable intake, lowering dietary sodium, exercising more, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and reducing stress.
Certain dietary supplements may help reduce blood pressure without the need for medications. Your doctor might recommend supplements that increase nitric oxide, widen blood vessels, or contain fiber, minerals, folic acid, or omega-3 fatty acids.
Blood pressure-lowering medications can keep blood pressure in check if other strategies fail. Your medical team lets you know which medications are right for you. If you take blood pressure medications, adopting healthy lifestyle habits may eliminate the need for medicines in the future.
Don’t let high blood pressure go undiagnosed and untreated. Schedule an appointment with Allied Healthcare Physicians by phone or online today.