Patients can receive expert screening, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood pressure, termed hypertension, by Dr. Cathy Carron at Wall Street Physicians in the Financial District neighborhood of New York City. When left untreated, hypertension can cause serious and even life-threatening complications. However, ongoing management of hypertension can decrease risk and improve patient health and wellness.
The majority of patients never experience symptoms of hypertension; instead, it’s often found during a routine blood pressure screening at an unrelated doctor’s visit. Patients with dangerously high blood pressure might experience chest pain, poor tolerance of exercise, headaches, or difficulty breathing. These signs and symptoms might indicate a medical emergency; treatment should be sought in the nearest emergency room.
Hypertension is diagnosed based on blood pressure, which is measured using a cuff placed around the arm. Blood pressure is considered a basic vital sign and is generally measured at every office visit.
In many cases, the cause of high blood pressure is unknown. Researchers do know that poor diet, inactivity, age, obesity, and genetics play a role in the development of high blood pressure.
Because some lifestyle factors play a role in the development of hypertension, patients can take several steps to decrease their risk of developing this condition:
Unmanaged high blood pressure can cause life-threatening complications including atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries), heart disease, heart failure, kidney disease, eye disease, and stroke. For these reasons, it’s critical that patients schedule annual physicals to monitor blood pressure and detect hypertension early. Patients who are at higher risk of hypertension due to family history should notify their primary care provider.
High blood pressure is most commonly treated using a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. Patients with high blood pressure can sometimes lower their blood pressure by losing weight, adjusting their diet to limit salt and increase fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and adding physical activity to their daily routine. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake can also help. Many patients also need medication to keep their blood pressure low.
Only a doctor who knows the patient’s full medical history and has completed a physical exam on the patient can determine the best course of treatment.
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"Dr. Carron is a wonderful thorough primary care physician...She is kind, listens and doesn't just gloss over your concerns or ideas."
"Dr. Carron is the most attentive and caring physician I have ever had. She really takes the time to listen..."
"Cathy will go the whole 9 yards for you. She won't leave a stone unturned to help you and all with a sense of humor and a great big heart!"