Hypertension Specialist

Alidad Zadeh, DO

Internal Medicine & Hormone Replacement Therapy located in El Centro, CA

Roughly 75 million people in the United States have some level of high blood pressure (hypertension). Because even a moderate increase in your blood pressure stresses your heart, you can undergo comprehensive management solutions at the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO, in El Centro, California. If you have a history of hypertension or recently had a high blood pressure reading, book an exam right away. You can conveniently schedule either online or by phone with a team member.

Hypertension Q & A

How does a doctor diagnose hypertension?

Diagnosing high blood pressure requires a series of readings with a blood pressure cuff. The reading evaluates two things: systolic and diastolic pressure. Your systolic pressure, or the upper number, accounts for the pressure that occurs in your arteries with each heartbeat.

Your diastolic pressure, or the lower number, measures arterial pressure between beats. For optimal heart health, your blood pressure needs to stay below 120/80 mm

Even a moderate amount of weight loss results in lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, decreased joint pain, and so much more. Because weight loss has so many health benefits, the practice of Alidad Zadeh, DO, provides medical weight loss plans in El Centro, California. No matter how much weight you have to lose, you can receive the support you deserve. Book your weight loss evaluation through the website or call to schedule over the phone. 

Hg. If your blood pressure is slightly higher than this, your reading is considered elevated.

Dr. Zadeh generally diagnoses stage 1 hypertension if your blood pressure goes above 130/80 mm Hg. Once it spikes above 140/90 mm Hg, Dr. Zadeh is likely going to diagnose you with stage 2 hypertension. 

What causes hypertension?

Hypertension can fall into the primary category, meaning you don’t have an identifiable cause. Primary hypertension develops gradually over time. 

But it’s also possible to have secondary hypertension that’s linked to an underlying health condition, such as:

  • Thyroid issues
  • Kidney problems
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Certain prescription medications

In either case, your risk of hypertension further goes up if you have a family history of high blood pressure, are overweight, or follow a high-sodium diet. Because hypertension has so many causes, Dr. Zadeh works diligently to treat you as a whole person in an effort to improve your overall health. 

Do I need treatment for hypertension?

Yes! Even elevated hypertension is a cause for concern. Dr. Zadeh counsels you about lifestyle changes you need to make to bring your blood pressure back down. He may recommend:

  • Losing weight
  • Adding more fiber to your diet
  • Taking dietary supplements, such as fish oil
  • Consuming less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily
  • Getting more exercise (at least 150 minutes weekly)
  • Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet

In more advanced stages of hypertension, medication may be necessary, too. Dr. Zadeh talks with you about some of the blood pressure-lowering medications that are available, so you can work together to determine which one may be best for your health and your lifestyle.

If you need help managing hypertension, contact the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO, to get started on a personalized treatment plan. Book your visit through the website or over the phone today.