Neeraj Tripathy, MD offers the best in care for the detection and treatment of hypertension. Dr. Tripathy’s office is conveniently located in Ridley Park, PA, Springfield, PA, and Philadelphia, PA.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of hypertension is that you could already have it and not know. Almost one third of those who have high blood pressure are not aware of symptoms that would be spotted immediately during a regular checkup. Checking your blood pressure on a regular basis is especially important if hypertension is present in your immediate family.
Since many of the symptoms of hypertension appear also when your blood pressure is normal, Dr. Tripathy suggests looking for excessive or persistent cases of the following:
Fatigue or confusion
Blood in the urine
Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears
If you have any of these symptoms you should see your physician immediately.
Here are some factors that you can change to ensure your blood pressure remains at a normal level.
Obesity: If you weigh more than 30% above your healthy body weight you are up to ten times more likely to have hypertension than a person whose weight is within a healthy range.
Excessive Sodium: Fast foods and processed foods contain especially high amounts of sodium.
Alcohol: Consuming more than 1-2 drinks of alcohol per day can tend to raise blood pressure in those who have a sensitivity to alcohol.
Oral contraceptives: Some women who take birth control pills have been known to develop high blood pressure.
Physical inactivity: Obesity often goes hand in hand with a sedentary lifestyle.
Drugs: Some drugs, such as amphetamines, diet pills, and some pills many used to treat cold and allergy symptoms tend to raise blood pressure.
Hypertension may be present without any symptoms, so remember to schedule an annual checkup, even if you have avoided all of these.
Most major insurance plans accepted. Please contact our office for any questions.