Kidney Health Specialists
Emilian Cristea, MD
Board Certified in both Nephrology and Internal Medicine located in Hollywood, FL
Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, or high blood pressure, which increases their risk of having a stroke or heart attack. At Kidney Health Specialists in Hollywood, Florida, Emilian Cristea, MD, offers various hypertension treatments using lifestyle changes and medications when necessary. To learn more about treatment for hypertension, call the office to learn more or book online today.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood against blood vessels is consistently too high. When this happens, your heart works harder than it’s supposed to, and heart disease can develop. Fortunately, hypertension is highly treatable, and early detection greatly reduces your risk of severe complications like chronic kidney disease, heart attack, or stroke.
What are the risk factors for hypertension?
Various factors increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Examples include:
- Chronic stress
- Family history of hypertension
- Being sedentary
- Older age
- Being African American
- Overweight and obesity
- Using tobacco products
- Too much sodium in your diet
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Too little dietary potassium
Having certain health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, also increases your risk of developing high blood pressure.
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Chances are you won’t experience symptoms if you have hypertension. That’s why regular blood pressure screenings are so important. If you do experience symptoms, your blood pressure might be dangerously high, and you might notice nosebleeds, shortness of breath, or headaches.
How is hypertension treated?
At Kidney Health Specialists, Dr. Cristea focuses on natural remedies for lowering blood pressure in addition to prescribing medications. Your treatment plan might include:
Altering lifestyle habits helps lower blood pressure naturally, which is often more desirable than taking blood pressure medications. Dr. Cristea may suggest you eat less sodium, consume more potassium-rich foods, and reduce your alcohol consumption.
He helps you lose weight if you’re overweight, works with you to create a regular exercise program, refers you to a smoking cessation program if necessary, and recommends ways to manage stress in your life – such as meditation, yoga, massage, and deep breathing techniques.
Dr. Cristea prescribes medications to lower blood pressure and treat additional health conditions, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, as needed. He works with you to find medications that best match your individualized needs.
Dr. Cristea monitors your blood pressure regularly and adjusts medications when necessary to ensure it stays within a normal range.
Don’t let high blood pressure cause heart problems when simple solutions are within reach at Kidney Health Specialists. Call for an appointment or book online today.