High Blood Pressure Specialist

Ignatius Medani, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine

Ignatius Medani, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Federal Way, WA

Almost 50% of Americans suffer from high blood pressure today, making it one of the most common health problems in the United States. If you have high blood pressure, you can work with internal medicine doctor Ignatius Medani, MD, at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine in Federal Way, Washington, to minimize the health issues and take charge of your health. Get high blood pressure support now through the online tool or by phone.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What does my blood pressure reading mean?

Your blood pressure reading is two numbers, such as 120/80. The top number is your systolic blood pressure. Your systolic blood pressure reflects the amount of pressure within blood vessels during heartbeats. The bottom number is your diastolic blood pressure, which reflects the pressure when your heart's not beating.

Blood pressure readings are grouped into several categories based on how serious the condition is.

  • Normal healthy blood pressure: Less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic
  • Elevated blood pressure: 120-129 systolic and less than 80 diastolic
  • Stage one high blood pressure: 130-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic
  • Stage two high blood pressure: 140-149 systolic or 90 or higher diastolic
  • Hypertensive crisis: Higher than 180 systolic and/or higher than 120 diastolic

If you have elevated blood pressure or high blood pressure, you can manage the condition and get healthy with Dr. Medani's help.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Most of the time, high blood pressure is symptomless. It's important to monitor your blood pressure regularly to watch for changes, and that's one reason why you'll always have a blood pressure check when you see Dr. Medani at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine.

In cases of very high blood pressure or hypertensive crisis, you could develop symptoms including:

  • Stroke
  • Diminished vision or vision loss
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart attack or heart failure
  • Difficulty speaking

If you have high blood pressure and you have any of these problems, reach out for help right away. Delaying treatment or not getting the care you need could lead to permanent organ damage or even death.

How can I avoid high blood pressure?

Knowing whether you're at risk for high blood pressure is the first step in avoiding it. The most common risk factors are:

  • Age; the risk goes up in middle age and senior years
  • A family history of high blood pressure
  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • High-sodium diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Race; African Americans have increased risk as compared to other racial groups

You can work with Dr. Medani to eliminate the controllable risk factors and greatly reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

It depends on how high your blood pressure is and your other health problems. In many cases, you can lower blood pressure through good lifestyle choices. This usually includes weight loss, improved diet, and exercise. You may also need medication in some cases.

To make sure you aren’t suffering from high blood and endangering your health, book an appointment at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine through the online tool or by phone now.