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Hypertension: The Dangers of High Blood Pressure

Preventing high blood pressure or hypertension is of critical importance. The key to prevention, which can greatly decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke, is being able to identify and control your risk factors. Once you can modify your lifestyle, you can give yourself the greatest odds of avoiding a heart problem.

Chronic hypertension is often called “the silent killer” because it has no symptoms. But a multitude of factors that may develop over time include:

  • Anxiety
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dizziness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Obesity
  • Occasional dull headaches

How to Prevent Hypertension’s Emergency Symptoms

The easiest way to determine if you have hypertension is to have Dr. Jay L. Jordan check your blood pressure at his office.

However, if your blood pressure spikes extremely or suddenly, you should call 9-1-1 immediately for a medical emergency. If you check your own blood pressure and its reading is 180 or higher for the first number or 110 or higher for the second number, you may be having a hypertension crisis. You should also be aware of:

  • A severe headache
  • Severe anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • A severe nosebleed
  • Leg swelling

Lifestyle Modifications for Hypertension Include:

  • Being prescribed beta-blockers
  • Changing eating habits to prevent diabetes and high cholesterol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to prevent obesity
  • Cutting down or eliminating alcohol
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoiding or controlling the stress in your life
  • Being aware of a family history of heart disease

If you have want to discuss the latest high blood pressure treatment options to avoid a potential life-threatening stroke, schedule an appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Jay L. Jordan.

Jay L. Jordan, MD, is an experienced cardiologist and internal medicine physician who provides a comprehensive range of cardiac care services in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Alhambra, Santa Monica, Glendale, Burbank, Calabasas and nearby communities. Take the first step in preventing and controlling heart disease with symptoms such as angina, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, carotid artery disease, chest pain, congestive heart failure, coronary vascular disease, hypertension, palpitations, shortness of breath and stroke. Call Dr. Jay L. Jordan at 310-854-5493 or request an appointment online.

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