High Blood Pressure Specialist

Andrea Pérez, DO -  - Family Medicine

Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC

Andrea Pérez, DO

Family Medicine serving the areas of West Farms, Parkchester, Morris Park, Castle Hill, Baychester, & The Bronx, NY

More than 33% of adults in the United States have high blood pressure. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can increase your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Andrea Perez, DO, at Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, serving the Bronx, West Farms, and Parkchester neighborhoods of New York City, takes a holistic approach in the management of high blood pressure and works one-on-one with you to develop the most effective treatment plan to improve your numbers. Call today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a health condition in which the pressure of blood exerted on your blood vessel walls is higher than normal. It’s a common health condition that develops without causing any signs or symptoms, and if left uncontrolled may lead to other health issues such as kidney disease, heart attack, or stroke.

Your blood pressure measurement includes:

  • Systolic pressure: pressure when your heart is beating
  • Diastolic pressure: pressure in between heartbeats

A normal blood pressure is when 120 mm Hg/80 mm Hg or less.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

If your blood pressure numbers are running higher than normal on more than a few separate visits to Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, Dr. Perez may diagnose you with high blood pressure. One elevated blood pressure doesn’t mean you have high blood pressure.

Dr. Perez categorizes your blood pressure based on your readings.

  • Elevated blood pressure: 120 to 129 mm Hg/80 mm Hg
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 130 to 139 mm Hg/80 to 89 mm Hg
  • Stage 2 hypertension: greater than 140 mm Hg/90 mm Hg

If your blood pressure falls into the elevated category, you may be able to take steps now to prevent it from worsening.

High blood pressure often doesn’t cause symptoms, and the only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to get it checked regularly. Dr. Perez encourages you to come in at least once a year for a wellness visit, so she can help you stay on top of your health and prevent the onset of chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure.

How can I improve my blood pressure?

You may be able to significantly improve your blood pressure and decrease your risk of complications by making a few lifestyle changes. These may include:

  • Decreasing your salt and sodium intake
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Losing weight if you’re overweight
  • Stop smoking

Dr. Perez can help you with these changes so you get the most health benefits. She can also make recommendations for supplements that help improve blood pressure.

If your blood pressure remains elevated despite incorporating healthier habits, Dr. Perez may prescribe medication to help lower your blood pressure.

For expert help getting your blood pressure under control, call Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.