Diagnosing and treating hypertension is important for decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease and organ damage. Dr. Villagomez provides comprehensive care to identify hypertension in patients in Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, and develop custom treatment programs to decrease associated health risks.
Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure your blood exerts on the walls of your blood vessels as it circulates through your body. When pressure is high, it cans damage your vessels and your organs, as well as increase your risks for certain diseases or problems such as heart attack and stroke. Pressures above 120/80 mm Hg are considered to be high for most adults; however, that value can change based on age and other factors.
High blood pressure is diagnosed using a blood pressure cuff, a band that fits around your arm and is slowly inflated and then deflated. Both systolic (pressure while your heart is beating) and diastolic (pressure between beats) are measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
High blood pressure typically causes no noticeable symptoms, and many people don't know they have high blood pressure until it's picked up during a medical exam or they experience a negative effect such as a heart attack or stroke. Having regular medical exams is critical for evaluating your blood pressure and your risk for cardiovascular conditions.
Dr. Villagomez will review lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your blood pressure, but when those changes aren't enough, medication can be used to help keep your blood pressure under control.
The most important things you can do to lower your blood pressure are: