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Hypertension Specialist

Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C.

Howard Shapiro, DO

A Private Medical Practice & Osteopathic Physician located in Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, doesn’t usually produce symptoms but can cause serious medical problems when left untreated. At Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, Howard Shapiro, DO, and his team can diagnose and treat hypertension to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension develops when the pressure inside blood vessel walls is higher than normal. Untreated high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent complications associated with hypertension.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension doesn’t usually cause any symptoms, which is why routine blood pressure screening is important. However, if blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels, you may experience shortness of breath, nosebleeds, or headaches. 

Complications that can occur with untreated high blood pressure include stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, heart failure, kidney or eye problems, and dementia. 

What are the risk factors for hypertension?

Anybody can develop high blood pressure, but certain things boost your risk of getting it. Examples include:

  • Genetics
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Older age
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Using tobacco
  • Physical inactivity
  • Too little potassium
  • Too much sodium
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Stress
  • Some chronic diseases

Pregnancy can also increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. 

How does my provider diagnose hypertension?

To find out if you have high blood pressure, Dr. Shapiro reviews your symptoms and medical history. He uses an arm cuff and blood pressure machine to complete your screening. The procedure is fast and painless.

What are common high blood pressure treatments?

The main treatments for hypertension include:

Weight loss

Dr. Shapiro and his team offer a highly effective weight loss program that helps you reach a desirable weight and lower high blood pressure naturally.

Other lifestyle changes

In addition to weight loss, other healthy lifestyle changes can reduce hypertension. Examples include eating fiber-rich plant foods, reducing your sodium intake, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, not drinking excess alcohol, and keeping stress levels low.

Medications

If lifestyle changes haven’t worked or your blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels, medications can get blood pressure under control and reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Don’t let hypertension go untreated and cause serious problems for your health. Schedule a blood pressure screening with Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, P.C., by phone or online today.