Managing High Blood Pressure
By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
May 19, 2021
Category: Health Care

Your doctors in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, can help with high blood pressure.

Do you have high blood pressure? The truth is, you may have high blood pressure and not even know it, because quite often, there are no signs or symptoms associated with it. That’s why high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.” Regular visits to your doctor can help you find out if you have high blood pressure.

Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including treatment for high blood pressure. They have two convenient office locations in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, to help manage your high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, often goes untreated. Unfortunately, untreated high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack, or it can kill you.

When your doctor takes your blood pressure, they measure the blood flowing through your arteries. When your blood comes up against fatty plaque on the walls of your arteries, your blood pressure will be high.

You may have high blood pressure due to genetics, however, it’s often caused by a diet high in fats and salt. Diet modification is one of the most important ways you can manage your blood pressure. To help manage your blood pressure, remember to:

  • Eat a diet lower in salt and fatty foods
  • Eat more poultry and fish, and less red meat
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits
  • Try to maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your alcohol intake and don’t smoke
  • Exercise regularly to keep your heart healthy

To adequately manage your high blood pressure, you need help from your doctor. Medication therapy is a common way to keep your blood pressure within normal limits. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Diuretics, to eliminate excess fluid
  • ACE inhibitors, to relax blood vessels
  • Beta Blockers, to lower how hard your heart needs to work
  • Calcium channel blockers, to slow down your heart rate

High blood pressure is serious, but you can get help with just a simple phone call. To find out more about how to manage your high blood pressure, and how your doctors can help, call Dr. Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. You can reach them in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or in their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000, so call now!