Almost half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure, which is a chronic health condition that increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. At Modern Heart and Vascular Institute in Humble, TX, Katy, TX & Cleveland, TX, cardiovascular specialist Rajiv Agarwal, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure, focusing on preventive measures that reduce your risk of serious health complications. To schedule an appointment, contact one of our offices by phone or through the online tool today.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a chronic health condition in which the force of blood against your blood vessel walls is greater than normal. Over time, the excess force damages the blood vessels and increases your risk of developing other health complications.
High blood pressure is very common and tends to develop slowly over several years.
You can have high blood pressure for years and not know it because the chronic condition doesn’t usually cause symptoms. In some cases, you may develop headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds. However, these symptoms aren’t common and usually only occur when your blood pressure levels are dangerously elevated.
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your numbers tested. Your primary care provider screens for high blood pressure during your annual wellness exam.
However, one elevated reading doesn’t mean you have high blood pressure. For an official diagnosis, you need three high blood pressure readings taken on three separate occasions.
High blood pressure damages both your blood vessels and organs, which affects health and function, leading to various complications. Some of the associated health risks include:
The blood vessel damages caused by your high blood pressure also creates tears in the wall that triggers the accumulation of plaque.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the cardiovascular specialist at Modern Heart and Vascular Institute for management of your high blood pressure. During your exam, Dr. Agarwal asks detailed questions about your medical and family history, medication and supplement use, lifestyle habits, and health concerns and symptoms.
He then conducts a physical exam and may request diagnostic testing to further evaluate your cardiovascular system, which may include lab work, CT scan, PET scan, and/or echo-vascular stress test.
Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, Dr. Agarwal develops your personalized treatment plan addressing your specific health needs, such as lifestyle modification and blood pressure medication.
To schedule your comprehensive evaluation, call Modern Heart and Vascular Institute or request an appointment online today.