The Dangers of Hypertension

The Dangers of Hypertension

Almost half of adults in the United States have hypertension, which places them at great risk for developing some very serious cardiovascular issues. In fact, hypertension is often referred to as a silent killer, which gives you some idea about just how serious these complications can be.

To illustrate the dangers of untreated hypertension, Dr. Sean P. Nikravan and our team decided to devote this month’s blog post to the subject. Below, we review the dangers of high blood pressure and explain how we can help you avoid them.

Complications of hypertension

Hypertension is a condition in which the pressure of your blood in your arteries is too high — over time, it can weaken the blood vessels. This weakening places you at far greater risk for serious and life-threatening complications, such as:

Hypertension can also be one component of a group of disorders we classify as metabolic syndrome. In addition to high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome includes a combination of high triglyceride levels, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) levels, high insulin numbers, and a large waist circumference.

Unfortunately, hypertension can be asymptomatic, especially in the early stages, which is why it’s commonly referred to as a silent killer. This also means that only one-quarter of adults who have high blood pressure in the US are being treated properly for the condition.

Lowering your blood pressure

There are several ways in which you can lower your blood pressure — and diet and exercise top the list. While it may seem counterintuitive to make your heart pump harder through exercise, any activity that increases your heart rate improves the flow of blood through your body and helps to strengthen your heart muscles.

When it comes to diet, one of the most important things you can do when you have hypertension is to cut out sodium (salt) so your kidneys can filter your blood more easily.

You also should cut way back on fatty foods that affect the levels of lipids in your blood. Under normal circumstances, your body should have a certain amount of lipids for energy, but if these levels are too high, the lipids can stick to the walls of your arteries and hamper blood flow.

To ensure the balance, you should have good levels of HDLs, which cart off excess lipids to your kidneys for filtering. If your levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) are too high and overwhelm your HDLs, artery blockage can occur.

Another problem occurs when your HDL levels are too low, which also allows lipids to build up in your blood vessels.

What this means is that managing your lipid levels is important for safeguarding your heart health and lowering your blood pressure numbers. Through our lipid management, weight management, and cardiovascular risk assessment services — which includes medications, as well as dietary and lifestyle counseling — we help you accomplish just that.

If you’d like to take charge of your health by lowering your blood pressure numbers, please contact our office in Newport Beach, California, to set up an appointment, or request a consultation online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

I Need to Better Manage My Weight: How Can You Help?

You’re tired of your weight overshadowing almost every aspect of your life, undermining your health, your confidence, and your ability to live life to its fullest. While there’s no magic bullet, there is help, and we offer it here.

Living With Diabetes

You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, and you’re wondering how it will affect your life. The answer largely depends upon how well you manage this chronic disease. Rest assured, we’re here to help.

Signs That You May Have a Testosterone Deficiency

Between 4 million and 5 million men in the United States are affected by hypogonadism — the medical term for low testosterone. If you suspect that you may be deficient in this reproductive hormone, here are some signs to watch out for.

Thyroid Nodules: When to Worry

Your doctor found one or more nodules on your thyroid, and you’re understandably worried. While some thyroid nodules can be cause for concern, in most cases, they’re largely harmless.

What Is Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation?

In the past, when a thyroid growth required treatment, surgery was usually your only option. But now, radiofrequency ablation offers minimally invasive solutions for a wide range of conditions, including those involving the thyroid.