Approximately 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, but only half of them have it under control. Dr. Radomir D. Stevanovic is an internal medicine physician specializing in hypertension at Ithaca Primary Care in Ithaca, New York. Avoid the dangerous health risks that come with high blood pressure — call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.
Blood pressure is the result of your heart pumping blood throughout your body. As your blood exits your heart, it applies pressure to the walls of your blood vessels. When this pressure remains elevated for a sustained period (outside of a healthy range), it’s considered high.
High blood pressure is also known as hypertension and is often called the “silent killer” because it usually has no symptoms until it creates serious health complications.
High blood pressure strains your blood vessels and heart because it forces them to work harder to push blood throughout your body. This stress begins a dangerous cycle.
First, damage occurs within your blood vessels, and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, attaches itself to the vessel walls. An excess of LDL can lead to plaque buildup. As damage continues to occur and plaque builds up, your arteries narrow, forcing your heart to work even harder.
Without treatment, high blood pressure can cause serious health complications, including:
High blood pressure can have a number of contributing factors, including:
Certain health conditions can also lead to high blood pressure, such as diabetes and kidney disease.
Dr. Stevanovic diagnoses high blood pressure during your physical exam. A trained hypertension specialist, Dr. Stevanovic works closely with you to develop a comprehensive whole-body strategy to manage your condition, even if you have high blood pressure that’s very high or difficult to control.
Your treatment might include:
Work with a specialist who is trained to manage your high blood pressure — call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment with Dr. Stevanovic online today.