Most people can’t feel hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. But even though you can’t feel it, it’s important to take the right steps to get it under control due to the impact it can have on your health. As a primary care doctor trained to manage your health, Sikiru A. Gbadamosi, MD, in Edison & North Plainfield, New Jersey, can help you manage your hypertension and improve your overall health. If your blood pressure has been running high, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.
Hypertension is a medical condition characterized by an increase in the pressure that blood flows through your arteries. When checking your blood pressure, Dr. Gbadamosi is interested in two numbers, the systolic (top) number and diastolic (bottom) number.
A blood pressure measurement of 120/80 mmHg, millimeters of mercury, is considered an abnormal blood pressure. A blood pressure measurement of 140/90 mmHg or greater is considered high blood pressure, or hypertension.
Genetics and lifestyle are the primary contributors to hypertension. Hypertension tends to run in families and scientists have identified some of the genes responsible for passing on the trait. However, genetics only accounts for about 3% of the cases of hypertension.
Lifestyle is more often the cause of hypertension, which includes:
Medications that alter your fluid balance, including birth control and asthma medications, may also contribute to high blood pressure.
Better food choices, regular exercise, weight loss, and stress management are some changes you can make at home to help you get your blood pressure under control. As a primary care physician, Dr. Gbadamosi has a thorough understanding of the role lifestyle plays in health. He takes an active part in teaching you how to make these changes to not only lower your blood pressure, but also to improve your overall health.
In addition to lifestyle changes, Dr. Gbadamosi may prescribe medications to help improve blood pressure quickly. There are a number of different types of hypertension medications, including diuretics, beta-blockers, and vasodilators, and Dr. Gbadamosi will prescribe one that fits your health needs.
An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a diagnostic test that measures the electrical activity in your heart. This test may be recommended if Dr. Gbadamosi is concerned about the health of your heart.
Dr. Gbadamosi has an EKG machine in the office and can perform the test at any visit and obtain results right away.
If you’re having a difficult time managing your blood pressure or have concerns about heart health, book an appointment online or call the office to be evaluated by Dr. Gbadamosi.