High Blood Pressure

Janaki Kanumilli MD Family Practice & Aesthetics

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Queens, Forest Hills, NY & Queens, Floral Park, NY

One in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but only 54% of those people have it under control. At Janaki Kanumilli, MD Family Practice & Aesthetics in New York City, Dr. Kanumilli offers holistic, primary care services like high blood pressure management at two convenient Queens locations in Forest Hills and Floral Park. To reduce the serious health risks that high blood pressure can cause, call Janaki Kanumilli, MD Family Practice & Aesthetics or schedule your appointment online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP), occurs when your blood pressure is too high for sustained periods.

As your heart pumps oxygenated blood to organs and tissues throughout your body, it applies force to the walls of your blood vessels. When this pressure remains high for extended periods of time, you have high blood pressure.

There are two types of high blood pressure: primary (essential) hypertension and secondary hypertension. If you have primary hypertension, it typically has no apparent cause. Secondary hypertension is the result of an underlying health condition.

Approximately 75 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure typically has no symptoms. It’s diagnosed and managed through primary care appointments.

What are the risks of high blood pressure?

When your blood pressure is high, your heart and blood vessels have to work harder to move blood throughout your body. This puts a strain on your system and can cause damage inside your arteries. LDL (bad) cholesterol can attach to this damage, which leads to plaque building up inside your arteries.

This cycle of damage and plaque buildup causes your arteries to narrow, which leads to your heart having to work even harder. When left untreated, high blood pressure can cause several health problems, including:

  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Kidney disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack or failure

High blood pressure puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Who develops high blood pressure?

High blood pressure can develop for several reasons, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Family history
  • Kidney disease
  • Diets high in salt
  • Being overweight
  • High stress levels
  • Sedentary lifestyles

Diets that are high in salt and low in vitamin D and potassium can also lead to high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Kanumilli can diagnose high blood pressure during your primary care appointment. To manage your condition, Dr. Kanumilli uses a comprehensive approach that incorporates whole-body wellness, including:

  • A variety of medications to lower blood pressure
  • Physician-assisted weight loss and management
  • Lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise
  • Stress reduction techniques like meditation and yoga

Call Janaki Kanumilli, MD Family Practice & Aesthetics or schedule your appointment online today to learn more about high blood pressure management.