Get Treatment for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) in Brooklyn, NY

When blood pressure is high for sustained periods of time, there are many problems that may result from it. None of them are good. Getting treated for hypertension (high blood pressure) is important so that it can be controlled, which can also help you live healthier and longer.

Complications of High Blood Pressure

While high blood pressure is not damaging if it is only for short durations, it can produce very damaging results – even deadly ones – if it continues uncontrolled over the long term. Three of the worst problems it can cause are a heart attack, a stroke, or heart failure.

An aneurysm can also be caused by it, as well as the development of narrowed or weakened blood vessels in your kidneys. Vision loss can occur due to problems with blood vessels in your eyes. Memory problems can also develop because of high blood pressure, and you may develop diabetes, which can also lead to stroke or heart disease.

The Silent Killer

High blood pressure is also referred to as the “silent killer.” This is because there often are no symptoms that reveal its presence – yet the damage continues to take place. Oftentimes the only time it is discovered is after a serious health issue has occurred. Because this problem tends to develop slowly, as many as one-third of the people who have this problem are totally unaware of its presence.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

Most adults will find that high blood pressure develops slowly over the years. This can occur without any known cause. In other cases, there are a number of other health problems that can produce hypertension. These situations include problems with the thyroid or kidneys, sleep apnea, some medications (prescription and over-the-counter), alcohol abuse and some illegal drugs.

Risk Factors

The likelihood of getting high blood pressure is increased if you are overweight and not physically active. Having a family history of it, as well as being black, also raises your risk. Other factors include a diet with too much salt and alcohol, and too little potassium and vitamin D. High stress levels can also produce it.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

While the presence of high blood pressure is often unknown, there are some symptoms that may be present in more severe cases. Some of the following symptoms may occur when blood pressure becomes extremely high, but with some people, even when the blood pressure is quite high, there still may not be any symptoms.

The individual may get a severe headache, display confusion or fatigue; have pain in the chest, or vision problems. They may also feel a pounding in their ears, neck, or chest; have an irregular heartbeat, or difficulty in breathing. When any of these symptoms become evident, it is time to see a doctor immediately.

Dr. Abdul Malik, MD diagnoses and treats hypertension in his two offices in Brooklyn, NY. He is a Cardiologist that has been in practice for over 24 years, and has helped train many young doctors in the fields of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. His gentle manner and patience has helped him earn the title of the Consumer’s Choice Award for Top Doctors