Adults who suffer from high blood pressure can develop severe and life-threatening conditions. Despite the danger, the initial symptoms can often be unnoticeable. Jonathan I. Warman, MD is a board-certified Internist and Gastroenterologist bringing years of experience to his patients located in and around the Upper East Side in New York City. His personal touch in health care can help you identify and treat high blood pressure before it becomes severe. Call the office today or conveniently book an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure within your arteries and veins is higher than what’s normal. The high force of the blood moving against the walls of your arteries can eventually cause health complications.

When you arrive for your appointment, you will have your blood pressure taken as part of your exam. Dr. Warman will place your arm in an inflatable cuff and use a pressure gauge to measure the force of blood in your arteries.

The reading is given in two separate numbers. The upper number is a measurement of your blood pressure when your heart beats (systolic), the lower number is a measurement of your blood pressure between your heart beats (diastolic).

Your blood pressure is normal if it’s below 120/80. Different stages of high blood pressure are diagnosable if your numbers are above that level.

What causes high blood pressure?

Several underlying factors can make adults predisposed to developing high blood pressure. Some of these factors include:

  • Age
  • Ethnic background
  • Family history
  • Certain medications
  • Obesity
  • Chronic disease
  • Stress
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Excessive salt
  • Too little potassium
  • Tobacco use
  • Lack of physical activity

The most common type of high blood pressure, called primary (essential) hypertension, is diagnosed with no identifiable cause. This type of hypertension can gradually develop as adults age.

No matter your specific diagnosis, Dr. Warman will develop a comprehensive plan to manage your condition and prevent complications.

What are the risks of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure can be implicated in some of the leading causes of death today. Chronic hypertension in adults can cause heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, aneurysms, heart failure and even dementia.

What medications lead to high blood pressure?

There are many different types of medications that can cause high blood pressure. Over-the-counter medicines like pain relievers, decongestants, migraine medications, and weight loss supplements can all cause blood pressure to rise.

Prescription medications, including birth control, can also cause high blood pressure. One of the greatest risk factors for developing or exacerbating hypertension is illicit drug use.

Dr. Warman prefers to employ a conservative approach to medication when treating disease. He takes a holistic approach and incorporates alternative strategies in each patient’s personalized care plan. He also takes the time to make a correct and thorough diagnosis.

Call the office in New York City today to make an appointment with Dr. Warman for personal care or book online.