Hypertension in Tarzana, CA

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What is Hypertension?

High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, is a prevalent ailment that impacts numerous adults in the United States. Hypertension arises when the force of blood against artery walls increases, causing the heart to exert more effort in pumping blood throughout the body. Often, hypertension develops without any discernible warning signs, which means individuals can have high blood pressure without being aware of it. Neglecting to monitor your blood pressure can potentially lead to heart disease and stroke. At Yehuda Handelsman, M.D., our dedicated team specializes in empowering patients to manage their blood pressure and overall well-being through innovative approaches. Contact our Tarzana, CA office today to arrange a comprehensive blood pressure screening appointment.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be caused by a variety of factors, both genetic and lifestyle-related. Genetic predisposition plays a significant role, with a family history of hypertension increasing the likelihood of developing the condition. Lifestyle factors such as a high-sodium diet, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and obesity are major contributors. Chronic stress and smoking also elevate blood pressure levels. Certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea, can lead to secondary hypertension. Hormonal disorders, such as hyperthyroidism or adrenal gland tumors, can also cause elevated blood pressure. Additionally, age and ethnicity are factors, with older individuals and certain ethnic groups, particularly African Americans, being at higher risk. Medications, including certain pain relievers, decongestants, and birth control pills, can also contribute to hypertension.

How Is Hypertension Managed?

Hypertension typically develops gradually and frequently lacks noticeable symptoms, yet it is highly manageable. A Yehuda Handelsman, M.D. team professional will assess your blood pressure using an inflatable cuff placed around your arm. A healthy blood pressure reading falls within the range of 120/80 while anything above that is classified as high blood pressure. In certain cases, supplementary tests may be advised. Dr. Handelsman will collaborate with you to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to manage your blood pressure effectively. Hypertension treatment options encompass medications and lifestyle modifications, such as dietary plans and increased physical activity.

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A significant number of individuals are affected by high blood pressure. We strongly advocate for regular blood pressure screenings among all patients at Yehuda Handelsman, M.D.. Our skilled team is dedicated to providing exceptional care to lower blood pressure, minimize the risk of heart attack and stroke, and enhance overall well-being. If you are in need of a blood pressure check, our expert team at Yehuda Handelsman, M.D. is available at our Tarzana, CA office.

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What causes high blood pressure?

The precise cause of hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't currently known, but there are several factors that can contribute to the condition, including:

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of exercise
  • Effects of aging
  • Medical history
  • Family history (genetics)
What is systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

There are two numbers when your blood pressure is taken, which are written this way: 120/80. The first number (120) refers to your systolic blood pressure, or the force of blood pushing against the walls of your heart as it beats. The second number (80) is your diastolic pressure or the pressure of your blood between heartbeats.

What is typically considered healthy blood pressure?

For the majority of healthy adults, a healthy blood pressure reading is usually less than 120/80. Hypertension begins in the 130-139/80-89 range, and Stage 2, or serious hypertension, is over 140/90.

What health problems can be caused by hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can contribute to a number of health problems, including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Eye diseases (glaucoma, etc.)
  • Kidney disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Mood changes
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