High Blood Pressure

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD -  - Internist

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD

Internist located in Quad Cities, Moline, IL

As many as 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, which can significantly increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and heart failure. Hanumantha R. Kolusu, MD, of the Quad Cities offers prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood pressure from his practice, H R Kolusu MDPC, in Moline, Illinois. For a blood pressure check or consultation, call or schedule an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, is a problem with the internal pressure inside your blood vessels. High blood pressure places stress on the cells and tissues of your cardiovascular system, which can cause significant damage to your organs over time.

High blood pressure is referred to as the silent killer, because it may not cause any symptoms until you have serious complications. Meanwhile, you could be at high risk for problems like stroke, heart failure, and blood clots.

If your blood pressure readings are consistently 140/90 or above, you may have high blood pressure. The only test for high blood pressure is blood pressure checks, so it’s essential you have your blood pressure checked regularly.

What do blood pressure readings mean?

A blood pressure reading represents two different pressures inside your blood vessels during the pumping and resting periods of your heartbeat.

Diastolic pressure

The diastolic pressure, the lowest of the two numbers, represents the pressure inside blood vessels while your heart is at rest and is filling with blood.

Systolic pressure

The systolic pressure, the higher of the two numbers in a blood pressure reading, represents the force exerted by the heart when it’s pumping blood to the body.

A blood pressure of 120/80 is considered an ideal blood pressure. When blood pressure is consistently higher, it can place your cells and tissues at risk for damage.

What are the possible complications of high blood pressure?

Having uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause long-term complications or place you at higher risk for:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Varicose veins
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Aneurysm
  • Kidney failure
  • Glaucoma, or increased pressure inside the eye

 

If you have high blood pressure, it’s essential you seek treatment and commit to lowering your risks. Lifestyle changes can make a significant impact on your blood pressure and overall health.

Am I at risk for high blood pressure?

You could be at much higher risk of having high blood pressure if you:

  • Are male
  • Abuse alcohol
  • Are African-American
  • Are obese or overweight
  • Smoke or use tobacco
  • Use recreational drugs
  • Have severe anxiety
  • Have a stressful lifestyle
  • Have a family history of high blood pressure
  • Have a high-salt or high-fat diet
  • Have sleep apnea or other sleep problems

 

The team at H R Kolusu MDPC can help you take control of your health and empower you to improve your diet, increase your activity, lower your stress level, quit smoking, treat your mental health, and nurture healthier habits. Having control of your high blood pressure means having better control of your overall health.

For a blood pressure check or an expert evaluation, call or schedule an appointment online with H R Kolusu MDPC today.