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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Omar Aref, MD -  - Board Certified Family Physician

Omar Aref, MD

Board Certified Family Physician & Aesthetic Specialist located in Plant City, FL

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke, heart attack, and premature death. Of the 75 million Americans with this chronic disease, only half have it under supervised medical control. If you’re 18 or older, it’s critical to get regular screening for this life-threatening disease. Dr. Omar Aref, a board-certified family physician in Plant City, Florida, can accurately diagnose and help you manage high blood pressure with a range of natural and pharmaceutical therapies. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries and veins. The force from this action puts pressure on your arteries. This is called systolic pressure. In between beats, the pressure falls as your heart rests. This is known as diastolic pressure.

If the walls of your arteries become too rigid or narrow, systolic and diastolic pressure rise. When this condition becomes chronic, high blood pressure — or hypertension — is the result.

Am I at risk for high blood pressure?

Your family history, lifestyle, and the presence of chronic diseases like diabetes can all play a part in the risk of developing high blood pressure.

Your age is also a major factor. Men are more likely to develop high blood pressure starting at age 45. For women, it becomes a common concern after age 65.

Unhealthy personal behaviors increase the likelihood of hypertension. Major risks include:

  • Carrying excess body fat
  • Consuming too much alcohol
  • Eating an unhealthy high-sodium diet
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Using tobacco and certain prescription and non-prescription drugs

Chronic disease also plays a role. These conditions elevate your risk:

  • Adrenal and thyroid gland issues
  • Defective blood vessels
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Sometimes called the “invisible killer,” high blood pressure is usually symptomless. That’s why it’s so important to get regular blood pressure checks if you’re 18 or older. High blood pressure is quickly diagnosed with a blood pressure meter, the familiar device with the inflatable cuff found in every doctor’s office.

What treatment options are available for high blood pressure?

Making simple lifestyle changes can dramatically lower your blood pressure. Reducing your salt intake, exercising, and losing weight are often very effective.

Sometimes, despite lifestyle changes, your blood pressure remains high. In that case, Dr. Aref typically recommends drug-based therapies. Common medications that relax blood vessels or eliminate excess sodium and water include:

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Diuretics

These are only a few of the options available for treating your high blood pressure. Dr. Aref will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your overall health and type of hypertension. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.