Your blood flows through your veins, supplying oxygen, delivering nutrients, removing waste, and more. Your blood is essential — and so are the pathways it uses to circulate through your body. That’s why maintaining healthy blood vessels is so important. To that end, Kheyson MD offers diagnosis and treatment for high blood pressure. For the care you need to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level, call the Annadale, Staten Island, New York, office or schedule your visit online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure? 

High blood pressure is aptly named. It’s a condition in which the pressure of the blood against your artery walls is too high. Also called hypertension, high blood pressure exposes you to a number of health complications, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysms
  • Memory issues

In order to protect your health long-term, it’s important that you maintain healthy blood pressure levels. 

How is blood pressure measured?

When your Kheyson MD practitioner takes your blood pressure levels, they get two numbers. The first is the systolic pressure, or the pressure on your artery walls when your heart beats. The second is the diastolic pressure, or the pressure between heartbeats. Normal blood pressure is anything below 120/80 mmHg. Above that, there are certain stages of high blood pressure your doctor uses to give you an accurate diagnosis:

Elevated blood pressure

When your systolic pressure is between 120-129 mmHg, but your diastolic pressure is still at healthy levels, you have elevated blood pressure. 

Stage 1 hypertension

You get this diagnosis when your systolic pressure is between 130 and 139 mmHg and your diastolic pressure is between 80 and 89 mmHg. 

Stage 2 hypertension

If your systolic pressure is over 140 mmHg and your diastolic pressure is over 90 mmHg, you have stage 2 hypertension.

Hypertensive crisis

A medical emergency, a hypertensive crisis is characterized by systolic pressure over 180 mmHg and diastolic pressure over 120 mmHg. 

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

In most cases, there aren’t any symptoms of high blood pressure. That’s why it’s often called a silent killer. Your Kheyson MD practitioner takes your blood pressure levels each time you visit their office to check if there is any cause for concern.

If your blood pressure reaches hypertensive crisis levels, you might experience symptoms including, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Hypertensive crisis is very serious. Seek medical help right away. 

Can high blood pressure be treated?

Yes, and the dedicated team at Kheyson MD is here to help you get a treatment program in place to restore your blood pressure to healthy levels. 

In many cases, lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and regular physical activity are sufficient to bring your blood pressure back down to healthy levels. Kheyson MD also offers medication to support healthy blood pressure levels.

High blood pressure is dangerous and, in most cases, symptomless. To have your blood pressure checked, make an appointment by calling Kheyson MD or book online.