Elite Premier Medical Care
Fred Revoredo, MD
Family Practice located in Paterson, NJ & Passaic, NJ
Around a third of Americans live with high blood pressure. Fortunately, with medical attention and lifestyle modifications, you can reduce your blood pressure and restore your health. Fred Revoredo, MD, an experienced family physician at Elite Premier Medical Care in Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey, provides customized treatment plans to lower your blood pressure and keep you healthy. Call Elite Premier Medical Care, or schedule a consultation online today.
High Blood Pressure
What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force exerted on the insides of your blood vessels. It’s measured both when your heart beats and when it rests between beats, which is why your blood pressure is represented in two numbers.
Healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg or lower. The higher number is your systolic (active) blood pressure, and the lower number is your diastolic (resting) pressure. Your blood pressure is:
- Elevated - systolic pressure between 120-129, diastolic pressure 80 or less
- Stage 1 hypertension - systolic pressure between 130-139, diastolic pressure 80-89
- Stage 2 hypertension - systolic pressure 140 or higher, diastolic pressure 90 or higher
- Hypertensive crisis - systolic 180 or higher, diastolic higher than 120
You should take action to reduce your blood pressure as soon as you have elevated figures. The sooner you take action, the less likely you are to experience negative health consequences.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure doesn’t usually cause any symptoms until you experience a cardiac event such as heart attack or stroke. In fact, around half of the Americans who have high blood pressure don’t know it.
However, as your condition becomes more severe, you may experience headaches, shortness of breath, or nose bleeds.
What causes high blood pressure?
Although there is a genetic factor to high blood pressure, in many cases, your lifestyle provides the most risk factors, such as:
- Being overweight or obese
- Not getting enough physical activity
- Smoking or using other tobacco products
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Eating too much fat and salt
- Having too much stress
Your risk of high blood pressure also increases with age. You may also develop high blood pressure as a secondary condition related to issues like diabetes, kidney disease, and sleep apnea.
How is high blood pressure treated?
Dr. Revoredo provides customized treatment plans to treat high blood pressure. For example, he can help you make lifestyle modifications to lower your blood pressure and improve your cardiovascular health.
He offers customized nutrition and weight-loss programs to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, while also cutting extra salt and fat from your diet.
He can also help you add physical activity to your daily routine safely. Or, if you need help to quit smoking, Dr. Revoredo can provide smoking cessation support.
If lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough to reduce your blood pressure, Dr. Revoredo prescribes medicine to lower your blood pressure.
Call Elite Premier Medical Care, or make an appointment online today to have your blood pressure checked and get the treatment you need.