About Hypertension Management

Hypertension is said to occur when your blood pressure is over 140/90 on three or more consecutive readings. While hypertension does not have any specific signs and symptoms, it can lead to serious long term conditions such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure. Reducing high blood pressure and maintaining it is therefore a high priority for heart doctors in Long Island.

There are stages in the management of hypertension beginning with conservative therapy such as lifestyle changes, followed by the stepwise addition of drug therapy if required. Cardiologists in Long Island stress lifestyle changes whether or not you need medication.

Hypertension Management

Lifestyle changes include enjoying regular physical activity. Dietary changes, which also form a major part of lifestyle changes, include:

  • Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Increasing the consumption of oily fish such as sardines
  • Decreasing alcohol intake: The healthy daily limit for alcohol is 3-4 units a day for men, and 2-3 units a day for women.
  • Decreasing caffeine intake
  • Reducing sodium (salt) intake: while our bodies require a small amount of sodium in the diet, consuming more than 2 grams per day is harmful
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Stop smoking – if you are a smoker, your cardiologist will be able to guide you on how you can stop smoking and what smoking cessation products you can use if you need to.

Fortunately, there is a wide range of anti-hypertensive drugs that are highly effective when taken correctly. Some of these may reduce further complications. Your vascular doctor in Long Island can describe the drugs to you and discuss possible side effects of your prescribed medication. With the wide number of choices available, patients should be able to gain effective control of their high blood pressure. Some of the drugs that are commonly prescribed to treat hypertension include:

  • Diuretics
  • Beta-blockers
  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers
  • Calcium-channel blockers
  • Alpha-blockers

Frequently Asked Questions – Hypertension Treatment West Babylon

There are differences in the degree of seriousness of hypertension from case to case. Certain individuals suffer from higher blood pressure than others and are at greater risk for serious conditions including strokes, heart attacks, and kidney failure. Managing hypertension is possible however, and our cardiologists can recommend lifestyle changes that will help you with your high blood pressure as well as determine whether or not you need to be taking medication for your hypertension. To find out how serious your high blood pressure is, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Our office is equipped to provide our patients with many different types of cardiovascular tests. We are experienced with all major cardiovascular tests including EKG’s, Echocardiograms, Stress Tests, and more. When you come to our office our doctors will determine the severity of your high blood pressure using one or several of these tests and help you to get on a comprehensive preventative cardiology plan. Treatments including anti-hypertensive drugs are often incredibly effective when used properly and in conjunction with the right lifestyle changes.
Yes, depending on how bad your Hypertension you are suffering from is, there different medications and treatment options that can help. Some of these treatment options include diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, Alpha-Blockers, and lifestyle changes including stress reduction and changes to your diet.
High blood pressure can be attributed to a wide variety of risk factors. Depending on the individual, hypertension might be caused by smoking, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, as well as uncontrollable factors like family genetics. If you have been suffering from high blood pressure, we advise you to make an appointment with our office as soon as possible to come in for a consultation with our expert cardiologists. Our team will help you to alleviate the issues caused by hypertension.
Our state of the art office is fully equipped with the latest equipment for cardiovascular disease testing. Our experience is unmatched on Long Island when it comes to cardiovascular testing and preventative cardiology. We aim to provide our patients with a comfortable environment and are focused on making sure that our patients know how to take care of themselves in terms of preventative cardiovascular health.