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"About 1 of 3 U.S. adults—or about 75 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half (54%) of these people have their high blood pressure under control," says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately for those dealing with this condition, here at Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, our physicians make it their mission to help those dealing with high blood pressure and hypertension.
Here are some FAQs on the topic:
What is high blood pressure/hypertension?
"Hypertension is the most common, costly, and preventable cardiovascular disease risk factor," according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
Blood pressure normally fluctuates throughout the day, but the problem is when it doesn't come down. This increases your risk of having a stroke, heart attack, and other problems.
How do you measure your blood pressure?
Patients generally use a blood pressure monitor to accomplish this. When taking a reading, there are two numbers: systolic and diastolic. The systolic number indicates how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping, while the diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between each heartbeat.
What causes high blood pressure?
When it comes to hypertension, there often isn't a single cause. Instead, there are a number of contributing factors, including being overweight, family history, age, race, not being physically active, using tobacco, consuming too much sodium, and consuming too little potassium in your diet.
How to deal with hypertension?
If your doctor says you have high blood pressure, you need to get it under control. This often requires making a few lifestyle changes, including:
- You need to eat a diet that's healthy for your heart, so eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and limit trans fats.
- Exercise is important, about 30 minutes a day, for everyone, especially if you suffer from obesity.
- Medicine and reducing stress will help manage blood pressure effectively.
If you have any more questions about hypertension, contact one of our office in St. Thomas and St. Croix:
- St. Thomas: (340) 714-2845
- St. Croix: (340) 692-5000
When you take a visit to your physician, they will generally take a reading of your blood pressure. This measurement shows how hard your arteries are working to pump blood through your body. Paying close attention to these results is important, for high readings are classic warning signs of lead to heart disease and other serious conditions. Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, your cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan, watches this vital sign to keep you in optimal health. Read on to learn more!
The best blood pressure
Ideally, your blood pressure should be 120/80. While occasional variations are OK, consistently higher readings warrant monitoring at home and with your physician in his St Thomas or St. Croix office. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 75 million American adults have hypertension, a condition that has devastating effects on your cardiovascular health.
Common problems stemming from high blood pressure are:
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Blood clots
- Peripheral artery disease
As such, hypertension cannot be ignored. Fortunately, Dr. Sayan can help you to successfully manage your heart health for years and years to come.
Symptoms of hypertension
Also called "the silent killer," hypertension may have no symptoms at all. Although some people may experience headaches or GI problems (e.g. vomiting) according to the CDC, these signs are generally the exception rather than the rule.
Managing your blood pressure
Some cases of hypertension are related to inactivity, weight problems, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. Others result from block arteries, heart damage, and heredity. While you cannot do anything about genetic factors, you can modify lifestyle issues and treat other underlying diseases.
If you have high blood pressure, Dr. Sayan may recommend some of the following treatments based on your unique case:
- Medications such as diuretics or beta-blockers (always take as directed)
- A low salt diet
- Routine exercise (just a brisk 30 minute walk several times a week works wonders)
- Smoking cessation
Additionally, stress plays a significant role in cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension. The American Heart Association recommends learning relaxation techniques to control stress and lower your blood pressure.
Do you have high blood pressure?
Find out with a routine check-up at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists. Call either location today to set up an appointment—for St. Croix, phone (340) 692-5000, and for St. Thomas, call (340) 714-2845.
Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? If so, you need to know your treatment options. Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, your cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan, can help outline what you need to stay healthy for life. Read on to learn more.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that the number of people in the United States suffering from the effects of heart disease is staggering. In fact, this condition is the leading cause of death for both women and men, with coronary artery disease alone taking the lives of about 370,000 adults annually.
These numbers concern the professional team at Virgin Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. In our offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Dr. Sayan carefully screens his patients for symptoms of heart disease, and when the condition is suspected, a state-of-the-art screening is performed.
Types of heart disease and treatment options
Heart disease includes congenital and acquired malformations (including the heart valves), problems with its electrical system (arrhythmias), high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and, most commonly, cardiovascular disease. To pinpoint exactly which heart condition a patient has, Dr. Sayan carefully reviews one's symptoms, past/current medical problems, hereditary factors, medications, and more.
Following this review, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic test, such as:
- Blood work (specific for cholesterol levels and cardiac enzymes)
- Angiography (X-ray imaging of the heart)
- Stress tests (to note the operation of the heart during strenuous physical activity)
Depending on the results of your tests, Dr. Sayan will comprise a treatment plan specific to your issue, lifestyle, age, and other factors. Interventions may include:
- Lifestyle changes (e.g. exercise, heart-healthy diet, stress reduction, and smoking cessation)
- Weight reduction
- Medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in the bloodstream
- Surgery to correct defects or place pacemakers/defibrillators
Be proactive about heart health
Dr. Ahmet Sayan and the friendly team at Virgin Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists urge their patients to seek out healthy preventive and treatment options. Let them help you by scheduling your heart check-up today at either of our two locations. For St. Thomas, phone (340) 714-2845, or for the St. Croix office, call (340) 692-5000.
How your doctors in St. Thomas and St. Croix can help your high blood pressure
Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is caused when the blood flowing through your arteries is slowed down or blocked by resistance from narrowed artery walls. Caused by fatty plaque deposits due to high cholesterol and other related factors, hypertension is a silent killer because it can go undetected for years without causing any signs or symptoms. Fortunately, the doctors here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including the discovery, management, and treatment of hypertension. With convenient office locations in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, read on to learn if you could benefit from our hypertension treatment.
Do you have hypertension?
One of the most important signs of hypertension is a high blood pressure reading. A normal reading for a healthy adult is around 120/80, and a reading that exceeds these numbers may indicate hypertension. However, it’s important not to solely rely on a single blood pressure reading, because this number can be affected by stress, activity, and other factors.
In addition to blood pressure measurement, you may also experience these signs and symptoms:
- Facial flushing
- Blood spots in your eyes
Many people who have hypertension also complain of headaches or nosebleeds, however, these symptoms may also be caused by conditions other than hypertension.
How we can help
If you have been experiencing the above symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment at one of our offices. After all, uncontrolled hypertension can shorten your life!
During a consultation, your doctor can definitively determine whether or not you have hypertension, and if the results are positive, the condition can be treated with medications, including:
- Diuretics, to help you eliminate excess water in your tissues
- Beta-blockers, to open blood vessels and reduce how hard your heart has to work
- ACE inhibitors, to relax blood vessels
- Calcium channel blockers, to relax blood vessels and decrease your heart rate
Concerned? Contact us
To find out more about hypertension causes, signs, and treatment, call the doctors here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, with offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Dial (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office, or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix office.
How do you know you are at risk for a heart attack?
Cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan of DBA Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, can identify subtle signs that may indicate heart issues and recommends treatment options at his St. Thomas and St. Croix office.
When should you visit your cardiologist in St. Thomas and St. Croix and when are you at risk for a heart attack?
- If you're experiencing chest pain or discomfort, then you may want to speak with your doctor. Chest pain mimics heartburn, noticeable during exercise and severe chest pain may result in nausea, vomiting, pain that extends to your arms, jaw, neck, or shoulders. Call 911 immediately if you have these symptoms.
- Feeling fatigued, especially during the workweek or due to a recent illness, may make you feel more tired. Visit your cardiologist if you feel very tired, weak, or dizzy for no obvious reason.
- If you have a family history of heart disease, your cardiologist needs to evaluate your heart disease risk.
- Contact your cardiologist if you suffer from certain chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and high cholesterol.
- Smokers have an increased risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
- If you start noticing shortness of breath or palpitations, this can be a sign of several heart conditions.
More About Chronic Diseases:
High Blood Pressure: As mentioned above, if you suffer from long-term high blood pressure, contact your cardiologist for specific prescription medication to lower your blood pressure.
Heart Palpitations: This leads to shortness of breath, dizziness, or anxiety, especially if the heart palpitations occur regularly.
High Cholesterol: This condition leads to arteriel plaque buildup which increases the risk of heart attack. Medicine, regular exercise and a healthy diet can keep cholesterol under control.
If it’s time to schedule a cardiologist, then call DBA Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix today!