Four Peaks Primary Care & Internal Medicine
Fayz Yar Khan, MD
Primary Care Internal Medicine & Aesthetic Injector located in Phoenix, AZ
High blood pressure puts you at risk for life-threatening heart disease and stroke. As scary as that is, hypertension is a very treatable condition. At Four Peaks Internal Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona, Fayz Yar Khan, MD, and the primary care team help you design the right approach to help reduce your blood pressure, including medication and lifestyle adjustments. To get screened for high blood pressure and learn more about how to manage hypertension, call the office or request an appointment online today.
High Blood Pressure Q&A
What is high blood pressure?
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a condition that causes your blood to place excess force on the artery walls. Consistent blood pressure readings over 140/90 indicate high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because it carries no symptoms. That’s why it’s important to go in for regular checkups with your doctor at Four Peaks Internal Medicine so they can help detect high blood pressure with a simple cuff reading.
What are the dangers of high blood pressure?
The pressure against the walls damages the delicate tissues inside the blood vessels. Cholesterol collects inside those tears and leads to atherosclerosis. As the blood vessels narrow, blood pressure rises, creating a vicious circle.
High blood pressure can cause damage to the heart and other parts of the body, leading to conditions that include:
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Vision loss
- Sexual dysfunction
If you experience any obvious symptoms, make an appointment with the team at Four Peaks Internal Medicine right away. However, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
What changes can I make to manage my high blood pressure?
What you eat, how much you weigh, the habits you keep, and your stress levels all affect your blood pressure. Several lifestyle adjustments make the most dramatic improvement in your blood pressure. They include:
- Limiting salt intake
- Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Regular physical activity
- Healthy weight maintenance
- Limiting alcohol
- Quitting smoking
- Stress management
It’s also important to schedule regular check-ins with your primary care doctor at Four Peaks Internal Medicine to test your blood pressure regularly and ensure your treatment is working.
What treatment options are available for high blood pressure?
If you have unhealthy lifestyle habits, then your treatment begins with changing them, which might include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Decreasing your salt intake
- Exercising regularly
- Losing weight if you’re overweight or obese
- Keeping your weight within a healthy range
- Limiting your alcohol intake
If lifestyle changes don’t lower your blood pressure, then your doctor can help you get it under control with prescribed medication.
Make an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Four Peaks Internal Medicine to have your blood pressure checked today.