High Blood Pressure Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

In the United States, approximately one in three adults have high blood pressure, and many of them have no idea they have it. High blood pressure is a silent killer, as there are few warning signs that you’re at risk for severe health conditions, like heart attacks and strokes. At Premium Healthcare in Downers Grove and Crest Hill, Illinois, Dr. Jose Rivera Guerrero and Dr. Cristina Perez offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure to prevent other health complications. To learn more about treating and preventing high blood pressure, book an appointment online or by phone.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is the measurement of the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. With each beat of your heart, your blood is pumping into your body. During a blood pressure test, this measurement is known as the systolic pressure and is the first number in a blood pressure reading.

Between heartbeats, your blood pressure subsides and is known as the diastolic pressure, the second number of the reading. Normal pressures range from 120/80 or less.

What causes high blood pressure?

Those with high blood pressure often discover their diagnosis only after a regular medical checkup and blood pressure screening. High blood pressure can be the result of genetics or another medical condition that put you at increased risk for developing blood pressure issues.

Other causes of high blood pressure include:

  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Environmental factors
  • Blood vessel dysfunction
  • Imbalanced kidney fluid

What health complications can high blood pressure cause?

If you have untreated high blood pressure, you are at increased risk for developing other chronic medical conditions including:

  • Stroke
  • Aneurysms
  • Eye damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Artery disease

What treatment options are available for high blood pressure?

Dr. Guerrero and Dr. Perez evaluate your blood pressure test results and your medical history. If you have a diagnosis of high blood pressure, they create a customized treatment plan to help you reduce your blood pressure and prevent other health-related complications.

If stress or poor lifestyle choices are the leading cause of your high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend several lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and wellness. These changes may include:

  • Eating whole, nutritious foods
  • Limiting salt and sodium in your diet
  • Increasing physical activities
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Decreasing alcohol consumption

If your high blood pressure is the result of another medical condition, your doctor treats the condition accordingly, using lifestyle changes and medications. Blood pressure control medications, including beta blockers, fluid pills, and alpha-blockers, may be necessary to manage blood pressure better.

In addition to treating your high blood pressure, your doctor provides guidance to prevent high blood pressure issues in the future. They also provide preventive health screenings to ensure high blood pressure hasn’t damaged your heart or other systems.

To book a blood pressure screening, use the online booking feature or call the office.