Think about a garden hose. If the pressure of the water inside is too high for too long, it will inevitably cause problems.
Your body is no different. If the pressure your blood flow exerts on your blood vessels is too high for too long, it can contribute to a broad range of health concerns.
There’s another problem to consider with high blood pressure, too. Oftentimes, people with high blood pressure — also called hypertension — don’t experience any symptoms. In fact, health experts often call high blood pressure the silent killer.
Fortunately, at our office in Delray Beach, Florida, Dr. Peymon Zarreii and our Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics team can check your blood pressure in just minutes. With extensive experience diagnosing and treating high blood pressure, Dr. Zarreii can help you stay healthy.
If you think you may have high blood pressure, here’s what you need to know about the risks as well as how to reverse it.
The risks of chronic high blood pressure
When you have high blood pressure for a sustained period of time, it affects your body in a number of negative ways. Here are just a few of the complications you might experience because of chronic hypertension:
High blood pressure can take a toll on your artery walls. Eventually, this can lead to thinning arteries, blocking blood flow. At its most serious, this can result in an aneurysm.
Because it can limit blood flow to your brain, chronic high blood pressure is linked to stroke and dementia. Ongoing hypertension can also contribute to cognitive impairment, even without a stroke.
With high blood pressure, you risk coronary artery disease and even heart failure. That’s because high blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart.
And that’s not all. Here are a few other high blood pressure complications you could face:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Eye damage
- Kidney scarring
- Kidney failure
Ultimately, leaving high blood pressure untreated can compromise your health in a number of significant ways. Fortunately, Dr. Zarreii can work with you to bring your blood pressure back down to a healthy level.
Reversing high blood pressure
In many cases, high blood pressure can be effectively treated with lifestyle changes like:
- Stress management techniques
- A healthy, low-sodium diet
- Regular exercise
- Quitting smoking
- Losing excess weight
In addition, Dr. Zarreii can prescribe medication as needed to get your blood pressure levels under control.
The good news is that getting your blood pressure checked is a quick and easy process. We can check your blood pressure in just minutes at our office. To schedule a visit and find out if you have high blood pressure, contact our team at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics by either calling us or booking your appointment online.