Hypertension Specialist

Night & Day Medical

Family Medicine Practice located in Midtown East & Washington Heights, New York, NY

Hypertension significantly increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke, often without prior warning, or signs that you even have high blood pressure. Dr. Cluny Lefevre and Dr. Joseph Ahram at Night and Day Medical in New York City, are experts at diagnosing, monitoring, and treating hypertension, so you can get your blood pressure numbers under control. Call one of their offices in Midtown East or Washington Heights, or schedule an appointment online today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too high. When blood pressure stays high over the long term, it may eventually result in serious health problems.

In many cases of high blood pressure, the arteries are narrowed due to plaque buildup, forcing your heart to work harder to circulate blood throughout your body. This increased resistance in your arteries forces your heart to pump harder, which puts extra stress on your heart.

It’s common not to experience any warning signs or symptoms when you have hypertension. The only way to monitor your blood pressure and ensure that it's within a safe range is through blood pressure checks. That’s why routine checkups with the providers at Night and Day Medical are instrumental in keeping high blood pressure under control.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Many adults don’t experience any symptoms at all until their blood pressure reaches a dangerously high level, and even then, some people are symptom-free. Some men and women get headaches or nosebleeds, or they may feel short of breath, but these rarely occur until your blood pressure is dangerously high.

What are the risk factors for hypertension?

Hypertension has many different risk factors, many of which can be controlled through a combination of diet, exercise, and medication. Your ethnicity, family history, and being older may contribute to increasing your risk, and other risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of vitamin D
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • High-sodium diet
  • Low-potassium diet
  • High-stress levels for prolonged periods
  • Regularly consuming too much alcohol
  • Other chronic health conditions
  • Pregnancy (usually a temporary risk factor)

How is hypertension treated?

The best way to prevent complications or a life-threatening situation is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. The patient-centered team at Night and Day Medical works with you to develop a health plan to keep your blood pressure within safe levels. Ideally, you want your blood pressure to remain below 120/80.

If the doctors determine your blood pressure isn’t within a safe range, your treatment may include:

  • Making dietary changes
  • Getting more exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Taking medications to help control your blood pressure

The providers at Night and Day Medical take a comprehensive approach to treat hypertension, with consideration for your overall health and lifestyle. They work with you to create an individual preventive or treatment plan that’s most effective for your specific concerns.

Getting your blood pressure under control could save your life. Call one of the offices for an appointment, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.