Blood Pressure

Cyrus Lavian, M.D. -  - Internist

Valley Medical Urgent Care

Cyrus Lavian, M.D.

Internist located in Panorama City, CA

High blood pressure can go unnoticed for years without symptoms, lying in wait before suddenly causing a life-threatening complication, such as a heart attack or stroke. It’s important to monitor your blood pressure at your annual checkup, and even more often once you’re over the age of 65 or if you meet one or more risk factors for high blood pressure. Cyrus Lavian, MD, of Valley Medical Urgent Care, can diagnose and treat high blood pressure at the conveniently located office in Panorama City, California. Call or make an appointment online today.

Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

When you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, it means that the force of blood pumping through your veins and arteries is causing dangerous and often unsustainable pressure on the walls of your blood vessels. Over time, high blood pressure can lead to several complications.

Who is most at risk of high blood pressure?

Anyone can be diagnosed with high blood pressure, but it seems to be especially common in certain groups of people. Risk factors include:

  • Age: The older you get, the greater your risk, especially after the age of 65
  • Race: African-Americans generally have a higher rate of high blood pressure than others, and it often occurs at an earlier age
  • Family history: There is a hereditary predisposition to high blood pressure, so if someone in your family has it, you are more likely to develop the condition
  • Weight: Being overweight or obese greatly increases your chances
  • Substance abuse: Drinking to excess, or using tobacco or illicit drugs, raises your risks
  • Stress: Stress, as well as anxiety and depression, can lead to high blood pressure

If you meet one or more of these risk factors, you may need to test your blood pressure more often and maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to prevent future problems.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

Symptoms of high blood pressure can include headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds in some rare cases, but looking for symptoms is not the best way to know if you have the condition. Even if your blood pressure has reached dangerously high levels, it is still possible that you will experience no symptoms.

The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to make sure you’re getting your annual check-up so Dr. Lavian can take your blood pressure.

How can I treat high blood pressure?

Depending on your reading and your general level of health, Dr. Lavian may recommend you begin taking medication. There are a variety of medications available, and you can walk through the benefits and drawbacks of each with Dr. Lavian.

In addition, you’ll need to make some basic lifestyle changes. This includes eating a healthy diet, low in salt, getting regular aerobic exercise, and limiting alcohol intake or cutting out tobacco.

If you’re worried about hypertension, call Valley Medical Urgent Care to make an appointment or book online.