High Blood Pressure Specialist

Eileen R. DiGregorio, D.O.

Family Medicine Physician located in Bensalem, PA

According to the American Heart Association, almost half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it. Family care physician Eileen DiGregorio, DO, screens for and treats high blood pressure at her practice in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. You may have high blood pressure without even realizing it, so call Dr. DiGregorio or request an appointment online to get screened today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, means the pressure of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is higher than what’s healthy for your body. Over time, this increased force can damage the walls of your blood vessels.

If you have hypertension, your blood pressure is high enough to cause serious medical problems if left untreated. Possible complications of high blood pressure include:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Heart failure

 

Who gets high blood pressure?

Anyone may be susceptible to high blood pressure, but your likelihood of developing it increases with age. About 1 in every 3 American adults over age 20 has high blood pressure, making it an extremely common condition.

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, such as:

  • Family history of hypertension
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Moderate to extreme alcohol use
  • Mental stress
  • Poor diet
  • Pregnancy

 

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is often called “the silent killer” because it usually doesn’t create noticeable symptoms. Blood pressure that’s extremely high, about 180/110 mmHg, is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

Symptoms of high blood pressure at this dangerous stage include:

  • Headache and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Heart palpitations
  • Breathlessness
  • Nosebleeds

 

How do you diagnose and treat high blood pressure?

Dr. DiGregorio monitors your blood pressure during routine checkups and preventive care visits. If she notices you have high blood pressure, she works with you to develop a treatment plan.

In many cases, simple lifestyle changes can make a huge impact on reducing blood pressure. Depending on your habits, Dr. DiGregorio may provide information on the following lifestyle changes to improve your health:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol
  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

 

If your condition is severe or these treatments don’t work, Dr. DiGregorio may prescribe medication to reduce your blood pressure.

If you suspect you may have high blood pressure, or if you haven’t had it checked in a while, call the office of Dr. DiGregorio or request an appointment online today.