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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
October 21, 2021
Category: Cardiology

Blood pressure can be affected by many factors in your life such as your diet, your stress levels, and your family history. If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to understand how to lower it and how to manage it to avoid the risk of issues like a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor, Dr. Ahmet Sayan, manages your high blood pressure.

Dealing with High Blood Pressure

If you’ve recently found out that you’re dealing with high blood pressure after a cardiology appointment with your doctor in St. Thomas and St. Croix, you may be wondering what you need to do next. It is time to make some lifestyle changes to help manage your high blood pressure and reduce your risk of other complications.

If you are overweight, changing your diet and exercise plan can help manage your high blood pressure by lowering it over time. Cutting back on foods that are high in saturated fat, sugars, salt, and carbohydrates is a good way to help manage your diet and lower your risk of high blood pressure.

Another factor of high blood pressure is stress. If you never take the time to relax, it can affect your body and cause negative results. You may want to take up hobbies like yoga or tai chi to help manage your stress levels and give yourself time to relax and breathe.

Contact Your Cardiologist Today!

High blood pressure doesn’t have to rule your life. You can manage your high blood pressure by making lifestyle changes that will work for you. Contact Dr. Sayan of the Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix to set up a cardiology appointment and to learn more about managing your blood pressure. Call today at (340) 714-2845 or at (340) 692-5000.

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!

By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
November 15, 2019
Category: Cardiology

When you take a visit to your physician, they will generally take a reading of your blood pressure. This measurement shows how hard your heart-diseasearteries 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
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Dementia
  • 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.