Laurelton Heart Specialists
Cardiologist & Internal Medicine located in Rosedale, NY
Hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke and affects 32% of Americans. Board-certified cardiologist Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, is a hypertension specialist and holds a certification in clinical hypertension from the American Society of Hypertension. He and the cardiology team at Laurelton Heart Specialists in the Rosedale area of Queens offer comprehensive care for hypertension, including those with high blood pressure that’s difficult to treat. To schedule an evaluation, contact the New York City office by phone or online today.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is a chronic condition that increases the force of blood on your blood vessel walls. Over time, the excess force damages the blood vessels and other organs and increases your risk of heart disease and other health complications.
The team at Laurelton heart Specialists includes a hypertension specialist and have helped many people gain control over their numbers, improve their health, and reduce their risk of chronic health conditions. In addition to hypertension, they also provide care for those with hypotension, or low blood pressure.
How do I know if I have hypertension?
Hypertension is known as the “silent killer’ because it develops without causing symptoms. The simplest way to know if you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked.
Though rare, hypertension may cause symptoms such as headaches, dizzy spells, or nosebleeds. When your blood pressure is extremely high (hypertensive crisis), you may experience more noticeable symptoms, such as:
- Severe headaches
- Severe anxiety
- Shortness of breath
- Severe nosebleeds
Extremely high blood pressure is considered a hypertensive emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Without proper care, your severely high blood pressure may lead to a life-threatening stroke.
What can I expect during a hypertension evaluation?
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation from the experienced team at Laurelton Heart Specialists when you come in looking for help managing your hypertension.
The experienced team specializes in the management of high blood pressure, especially for those patients with resistant hypertension or those having difficulty managing their high blood pressure.
During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and completes a physical exam. To assess health, the team may run diagnostic tests, such as lab work, a stress test, or an echocardiogram.
How is hypertension treated?
The cardiologists at Laurelton Heart Specialists develop personalized treatment plans to help you gain control over your blood pressure. The specifics of your treatment plan may depend on the severity of your hypertension and your overall health. Treatment may include:
- Diet changes
- Exercise program
- Weight loss
- Prescription drugs
For resistant hypertension, the team may request that you monitor your blood pressure with an at-home blood pressure machine to assess the effectiveness of your treatment plan so they can make adjustments as needed.
Checking your blood pressure at home also helps you identify a hypertensive crisis so you can get help right away.
Hypertension is common and treatable. For expert care from the most experienced team in New York City, contact Laurelton Heart Specialists by phone or online today.