Hypertension Specialist

Washington Healthcare Center

Internists & Podiatrists located in Pasadena, CA

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, doesn’t typically cause any symptoms until you experience a critical event like a stroke or heart attack. Routine blood pressure checks are the only way for you and your doctor to monitor this important indicator of cardiovascular health. If you haven’t had a blood pressure screening in the last year, make an appointment with Dr. Marina Manvelyan, Dr. Gregor Paronian, or Dr. Michael Avakian at Washington Healthcare Center in Pasadena, California, by calling the office or booking online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is the force exerted on your blood vessels. It’s measured with two figures that represent the force when your heart beats (systolic) and when your heart is at rest between beats (diastolic).

High blood pressure is very common. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of adults have hypertension, but many don’t know it because it doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms. The best way to know whether you have a healthy blood pressure is to have it checked during your annual wellness exam.

What causes hypertension?

Unless you have secondary hypertension caused by another illness, such as a thyroid problem, or certain medications or illicit drugs, there’s typically no one identifiable cause of hypertension. However, there are a number of risk factors that increase your chances of developing the condition, including:

  • Age: the older you are, the more likely you are to develop high blood pressure
  • Weight: being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk
  • Limited physical activity: forces your heart to work harder
  • Tobacco use: increases your blood pressure immediately and causes long-term damage to your arteries
  • Poor diet: consuming too much fat, salt, and alcohol, and too little potassium, increases your risk
  • Stress: can increase your blood pressure, and coping mechanisms like smoking and drinking cause long-term damage

How is hypertension diagnosed?

If your blood pressure screenings show that your blood pressure is elevated or has increased over time, your doctor will request that you come in for more extensive testing to make sure that the high results aren’t due to external circumstances.

You’ll typically have at least three blood pressure readings on each arm at separate appointments at different times of day before an official hypertension diagnosis is made.

How is hypertension treated?

The best thing you can do to control and lower your blood pressure is to change your diet and exercise habits. The doctors at Washington Healthcare Center can provide customized advice and support to help you implement positive lifestyle changes.

You should cut out foods that are high in fat and salt and add more fresh vegetables and lean protein to your diet. You should also aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk after dinner, at least five days a week.

If diet and exercise aren’t sufficient to lower your blood pressure, your doctor can prescribe medications to help, including beta blockers, diuretics, or ACE inhibitors.

Call Washington Healthcare Center or schedule an appointment online today to get your blood pressure checked.