One out of every three adults has high blood pressure, which is a chronic condition that develops without causing symptoms and can increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Experienced and knowledgeable board-certified internal medicine physician Byoung Yang, MD, at BY Wound Care Internal Medicine in White Plains, New York, can diagnose and help you manage your high blood pressure to reduce your risk of health complications. For help managing your high blood pressure call the office or request an appointment online today.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a chronic health condition in which the force of blood against your blood vessel walls is higher than normal. Over time, this excess force damages your blood vessels and organs, putting you at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure can also increase your risk of heart failure, kidney disease, and dementia.
High blood pressure is very common. You are at risk if it runs in your family, you’re overweight or obese, or you’re a smoker. Your risk of developing high blood pressure also increases as you age.
High blood pressure is referred to as the “silent killer” because it develops without causing symptoms. Every time you come in to see Dr. Yang, either for a sick visit or your annual physical, he always measures your blood pressure.
One elevated blood pressure reading doesn’t mean you have high blood pressure, however. To be diagnosed with high blood pressure, your numbers must be higher than normal on three separate office visits.
Dr. Yang understands that your blood pressure may be falsely elevated during a visit, which is referred to as “white coat syndrome.” To get a better picture of your health and blood pressure readings, he may request that you use a home blood pressure machine to monitor your numbers before making a formal diagnosis.
Dr. Yang develops individualized treatment plans for the management of high blood pressure. He may initially recommend lifestyle changes, such as limiting your sodium intake, eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting regular exercise.
If you’re overweight or obese, losing as little as 5% of your body weight can have a significant impact on your blood pressure numbers. Dr. Yang offers a medically supervised weight-loss program and can design a plan to help you lose weight and improve your health.
If lifestyle modifications don’t improve your blood pressure, Dr. Yang may prescribe blood pressure medications.
For better management of your high blood pressure from an experienced internal medicine physician, call BY Wound Care Internal Medicine or request an appointment online today.