Hypertension

Western Mountain Medical Center PC

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Henderson, NV & Bullhead City, AZ

Hypertension is often called “the silent killer” because you may have the condition and never even know it. That’s why Nabila Aslam, MD, ABIM, and the staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC in Henderson, Nevada, recommend routine physical exams that include blood pressure checks to ensure your good health. Learn more about available diagnostics and treatment services for hypertension by calling the office or using the convenient online booking feature.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious health condition that occurs when the force of your blood against artery walls remains chronically high. The condition results when your blood vessels begin to narrow due to the natural aging process or an unhealthy lifestyle.

The two main types of hypertension include primary, where the cause of high blood pressure can’t be identified, or secondary, when the condition is the result of another health condition, such as a thyroid disorder, kidney disease, or obstructive sleep apnea.

If left untreated, hypertension can lead to other chronic health conditions, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

You can have high blood pressure for years and not even realize it. Until blood pressure levels become extremely high, you may not experience any symptoms at all.

When pressure reaches a dangerously high level, you may experience symptoms, like frequent headaches or shortness of breath.

Because this condition often goes unnoticed, it’s important to have routine blood pressure checks. The staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC offers in-office blood pressure monitoring services during routine visits and annual physicals.

The staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC may recommend additional blood pressure evaluations if you have a family history of the condition or have underlying medical issues that can lead to hypertension.

What treatment options are available for hypertension?

Initially, the staff at Western Mountain Medical Center PC may recommend making lifestyle changes that include eating fresh, healthy foods, getting more exercise, and reducing salt in your diet.

If you are overweight, the team may suggest ideas for increasing your physical activity and eating a low-calorie diet to drop excess pounds and reduce pressure on your blood vessels.

If these treatment options aren’t enough to reduce your blood pressure, your provider may prescribe medications to open narrowed blood vessels and increase the efficiency of your blood circulation. You should also regularly monitor your own blood pressure at home and visit the office for routine blood pressure checks and to monitor your overall health.

Find out more about reducing your risk factors for hypertension by calling the office in Henderson or using the online booking feature.