Hypertension

Nicole Kimzey, DO -  - Internal Medicine

Girard Internal Medicine

Nicole Kimzey, DO

Internal Medicine located in Philadelphia, PA

More than half of American adults have high blood pressure (hypertension), and many don’t know it. Hypertension has no outward symptoms, so regular monitoring at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia can help you keep track of your levels and catch it early. Nicole Kimzey, DO, and the expert staff can offer management and treatment if your numbers are high so as to prevent complications. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

What constitutes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is diagnosed when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. It’s diagnosed when you have a systolic (upper number) of 130 or higher over a diastolic (lower number) of 80 or higher. The systolic number represents the pressure when your heart beats and the diastolic number is the pressure when your heart is resting.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

Most of the time, hypertension has no symptoms. Certain lifestyle habits, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and smoking, can put you at greater risk of hypertension, as can a family history of the condition.

At every visit to Girard Internal Medicine, the practitioners check your blood pressure. If any one number is too high, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have high blood pressure. Dr. Kimzey may ask you to take measurements at home at different times during the day. At least three elevated readings are necessary before a diagnosis of hypertension is made.

What complications are associated with high blood pressure?

High blood pressure can cause organ and blood vessel damage. The longer you live with unmanaged hypertension, the greater the impact on your health. You’re at greater risk of issues, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • An aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in your kidneys
  • Changes in the blood vessels of the eyes
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive troubles

When high blood is managed early and kept under control, you can live a healthier life.

How is high blood pressure treated?

High blood pressure can often be treated with lifestyle changes, along with medications, to reduce your risk of complications associated with the condition, including heart disease and stroke.

There are lifestyle alterations that Dr. Kimzey can help you make, including:

  • Limiting your alcohol intake
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet low in salt
  • Managing stress
  • Becoming physically active
  • Quitting smoking

You can work together with Dr. Kimzey to create a plan to keep your blood pressure numbers in the normal range.

To learn more about the evaluation and diagnosis of high blood pressure, call Girard Internal Medicine or book an appointment using the online tool.