High Blood Pressure Specialist

First Med Marin

Barry Landfield, MD

Family Medicine Practitioner located in Greenbrae, CA

Approximately 75 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure and run the risk of severe health complications if they don’t address it. At First Med Marin in Greenbrae, California, Barry Landfield, MD, works with you to get your blood pressure to healthy levels and helps identify ways to keep it that way. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more about high blood pressure treatment and prevention.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, refers to a condition that causes your blood to run through your blood vessels at too fast a speed. When your blood circulates too quickly, it creates pressure on your artery wall that causes damage as it slams along its surface.

Your blood pressure levels vary throughout the day. Nonetheless, maintaining high blood pressure for too long can cause severe heart issues and may even lead to strokes and heart attacks.

 

What are the signs of high blood pressure?

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell if you have high blood pressure without professional medical attention. In most cases, hypertension doesn’t exhibit any symptoms. That’s why it’s often called the silent killer. When it does exhibit symptoms, you can expect:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in urine
  • Severe headaches
  • Problems seeing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety

During your consultation at First Med Marin, Dr. Landfield tests your blood pressure to determine whether you’re suffering from hypertension. The older you are, the more regularly your blood pressure screenings should take place.

 

What are the risks of high blood pressure?

There are many risks that come with untreated high blood pressure, and some can be life-threatening. The most common risks of untreated high blood pressure include:

  • Dementia
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes

You can avoid these complications through comprehensive preventive care at First Med Marin.

 

Am I at risk for high blood pressure?

Your risk of developing high blood pressure increases based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Advancing age
  • Genetics
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive salt consumption
  • Being overweight or obese

In some rare cases, high blood pressure can come as a result of kidney disease or because of a hormone imbalance.

Dr. Landfield evaluates your medical history and lifestyle habits to help you craft a daily regimen that reduces your chances of developing the condition. To avoid high blood pressure, you should exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

If you think you have high blood pressure or want to find out how you can reduce your chances of developing hypertension, schedule an appointment at First Med Marin online or by phone today.