High Blood Pressure

Ayim Djamson, M.D. -  - Cardiology

Metropolitan Cardiovascular Consultants, LLC

Ayim Djamson, M.D.

Cardiology located in Beltsville, MD & Bowie, MD

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, can be a very serious condition if not treated and managed properly. Ayim Djamson, MD, board-certified cardiologist at Metropolitan Cardiovascular Consultants, LLC, is here to help Beltsville, Maryland, patients control their high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a manageable condition with the right medical help. Don’t wait until your blood pressure is out of control. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Djamson online or call the office today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

Why does high blood pressure happen?

The reason behind high blood pressure isn't always known, but for most patients, there are several contributing factors. These factors include:

  • Age: middle-aged, senior, and geriatric patients are more prone to symptoms
  • Weight: overweight patients are more likely to develop symptoms
  • Diet: poor diet high in saturated fats contributes to high blood pressure
  • Inactive lifestyle: the less active you are, the more susceptible you may be

If someone in your family has high blood pressure, your risk of developing the condition increases, as it’s been linked to genetics.

When are you in a state of hypertension?

A healthy blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 mmHg. All of the following readings are categorized as hypertension:

  • 120-139/80-89 mmHg is pre-hypertension
  • 140-159/90-99 mmHg is stage 1 hypertension
  • 160 or higher/100 or higher is stage 2 hypertension

Dr. Djamson can help you manage your high blood pressure in any stage.

What are the potential effects of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure can have a number of negative — and potentially deadly — effects. These include:

Atherosclerosis

This is an artery disease resulting from plaque accumulation within the blood vessels. Hypertension puts extra stress on the artery walls, thus contributing to this accumulation.

Heart disease

Heart disease — including heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and hypertensive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — can be connected to high blood pressure.

Eye problems

High blood pressure can cause blood vessel damage within the retina, and may also damage the optic nerve. This can cause reduced vision and other eye problems.

Stroke

High blood pressure can contribute to atherosclerosis or cause blood vessel rupture, and strokes can occur.

Kidney problems

High blood pressure can cause kidney damage and potentially kidney failure.

How is high blood pressure treated?

High blood pressure treatment depends on several factors, including the stage of hypertension and your other health problems. Diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes can be very effective in the management of high blood pressure. However, these changes may not be enough to adequately control blood pressure on their own. Dr. Djamson prescribes medication to help keep blood pressure stable if necessary.

Use the online booking tool or call Metropolitan Cardiovascular Consultants, LLC anytime to arrange an appointment with Dr. Djamson. He can help with high blood pressure and all of its complications.