Imagine your trusty garden hose splits, and suddenly you have water gushing all over your yard. It can be frustrating, but you know that the water pressure inside the hose takes its toll over time.
Your blood vessels are similar. Too much pressure within them can lead to a whole host of problems. In fact, that’s why Dr. Peymon Zarreii and our team at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics offer care for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. From our office in Delray Beach, Florida, Dr. Zarreii can check your blood pressure to see if you’re living with this dangerous condition.
Why hypertension is so dangerous
High blood pressure causes a wide variety of health concerns, which we’ll dive into momentarily. First, though, we want to talk about the main thing that makes it so dangerous. Hypertension doesn’t cause any symptoms until it’s in very advanced stages.
That means that many people who live with high blood pressure don’t know it. Far too many people walk around with hypertension, only to discover it once it causes a serious problem.
In fact, the symptomless nature of high blood pressure makes it so problematic that health experts refer to it as the silent killer.
What high blood pressure does
Unlike your garden hose, high blood pressure isn’t going to cause your veins to burst open. It can lead to a number of other serious health problems, though.
Specifically, unaddressed hypertension can cause:
- Artery damage, leading to reduced circulation
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- Sexual dysfunction
- Vision loss
In other words, living with high blood pressure heightens your risk for a wide range of serious, life-threatening conditions. As a result, finding out you have it and taking steps to alleviate the pressure inside your blood vessels can go a long way toward protecting your wellness and longevity.
Checking for hypertension is easy
Here’s the good news: Finding out whether you’re living with high blood pressure takes roughly one minute and is completely pain-free.
Dr. Zarreii puts a pressure cuff around your arm. Using that, he can quickly assess your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The former is the pressure as your heart beats, while the latter is your blood pressure between beats.
Healthy people have a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure of less than 80 mmHg.
If you’re above either of those numbers, Dr. Zarreii works with you to turn down the pressure. In many cases, lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.
Don’t let yourself become the victim of the silent killer. To protect yourself against the many dangers of hypertension, get your blood pressure checked at our office. Contact Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics by calling our office or requesting your appointment online today.