If you’re one of the 75 million people living with high blood pressure, Shubi Shahida, MD, can help. At her internal medicine practice in Smithfield, North Carolina, Dr. Shahida offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for hypertension to protect your health and prevent additional complications. Whether you need short-term or long-term help, Dr. Shahida and her caring staff can provide the hypertension services you need. Schedule a consultation today at the Smithfield internal medicine practice online or by phone.
Your blood pressure measures the force of blood as it pushes through your arteries, the vessels responsible for carrying blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Throughout the day, your blood pressure naturally rises and falls. However, when you have hypertension, the force of your blood remains high for an extended period of time.
Maintaining a high blood pressure for too long can cause a variety of medical conditions, including life-threatening heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death among Americans.
In many cases, hypertension results for no particular reason and you develop the condition gradually over time.
You may also have hypertension as the result of another medical condition, such as:
Using certain medications can also increase your blood pressure, especially if you take birth control pills or use over-the-counter cold medications.
Unfortunately, hypertension doesn’t show any symptoms until your blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels. For this reason, the condition is known as a silent killer.
Symptoms of life-threatening blood pressure levels can include:
The only way to know you have hypertension is through blood pressure checks, which Dr. Shahida offers during routine exams.
Because no single treatment works for everyone, Dr. Shahida offers custom treatment plans to address your needs. The goal of treatment is to keep your blood pressure well-controlled for the long-term and prevent complications, like heart damage.
Initially, Dr. Shahida may recommend lifestyle changes that can effectively lower your blood pressure. These changes may include:
If you’re a smoker, you should focus on quitting. Dr. Shahida can provide resources to help you kick the habit for good and improve your overall health.
In some cases, when your high blood pressure isn’t well-controlled through these methods, Dr. Shahida may start you on medication therapy to open your vessels and improve the overall flow of your blood to and from the heart.
You also can expect routine blood pressure checks in-office, and Dr. Shahida can provide guidance for frequently checking your blood pressure at home.
For help controlling your blood pressure, call the office or use the convenient online booking feature to schedule a consultation today.