As many as 75 million people in the United States have hypertension, with many more remaining undiagnosed and at risk for heart disease. Experienced internal medicine specialist Anthony A. Natelli, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for hypertension at his office in Wayne, New Jersey. Dr. Natelli customizes a care plan to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk for long-term health issues and heart damage. Schedule an evaluation for hypertension today with Dr. Natelli by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online.
Hypertension is a chronic condition, more commonly known as high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the force of blood against the walls of your arteries remains consistently high.
There are two main types of hypertension:
Primary hypertension typically develops gradually over the course of several years for no identifiable reason.
Secondary hypertension describes high blood pressure that develops due to other underlying medical issues, such as:
If you use certain medications, like birth control pills or over-the-counter cold medicines, you may also be at increased risk of developing hypertension.
If left untreated, hypertension can lead to long-term health complications, including heart disease, heart attack, and permanent heart damage.
Hypertension is often called a silent killer because the condition causes no noticeable symptoms until it’s in the advanced stages. It’s possible to have hypertension for years without experiencing symptoms.
As high blood pressure progresses without treatment, you can experience symptoms like:
To prevent the likelihood your symptoms will advance into heart disease, Dr. Natelli recommends routine blood pressure checks, especially if you have a family history of hypertension.
Noninvasive blood pressure checks are the only way to identify hypertension in the earliest stages.
In the early stages of hypertension, Dr. Natelli focuses your treatment on necessary lifestyle changes that reduce your blood pressure naturally. These changes often include eating a heart-healthy, low-salt diet and getting daily exercise to improve heart health and help you lose weight if needed.
If you’re a smoker, Dr. Natelli can provide resources to help you quit for good. You should also limit alcohol use.
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower or control your blood pressure, Dr. Natelli may prescribe medications. You should also perform blood pressure checks at home based on Dr. Natelli’s recommendations to ensure your condition is well-controlled.
If underlying health issues contribute to your hypertension, Dr. Natelli creates a treatment plan to manage other conditions and prevent complications from high blood pressure and heart disease.
If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked recently or need expert care for hypertension, schedule an appointment with Anthony A. Natelli, MD, today by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online.