High Blood Pressure Specialist

Lilette Daumas, MD -  - Family Medicine Physician

Lilette Daumas, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in East Houston, Houston, TX

High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions affecting adults today and can lead to serious complications. It’s possible to have high blood pressure without ever experiencing a symptom, so regular blood pressure screenings are important. Lilette Daumas, MD, performs these screenings at her practice in Houston, Texas. For more information, call her office today or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, is a common condition for adults, particularly for those over 40. If you have high blood pressure, it means that the force of blood moving through your veins and arteries is so great that it could damage these blood vessels and lead to serious health problems.

Who is most at risk of high blood pressure?

Risk factors for high blood pressure include:

  • Age: The older you get, the more likely you are to have high blood pressure. It’s a good idea to get regular blood pressure tests after 40.
  • Race: African-Americans are at higher risk for high blood pressure, and are also more likely to experience dangerous complications like stroke or heart attack.
  • Family history: You are more likely to have high blood pressure if a close family member has it.
  • Weight and lifestyle: If you are overweight, or obese, you are more likely to have high blood pressure. People with an especially sedentary lifestyle are also at risk.
  • Alcohol and tobacco use: Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is a leading cause of high blood pressure and heart disease. Alcohol overuse can also lead to high blood pressure and should be consumed in moderation.
  • Sodium intake: If your diet includes too much salt, the sodium can cause your body to retain too much water, the strain of which can increase your blood pressure.
  • Stress: Stress can cause both long-term rises and short-term spikes in blood pressure.
  • Chronic conditions: Certain conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure.

If you think you may have high blood pressure, talk to Dr. Daumas about your risks and how you can limit them.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Daumas uses an inflatable cuff to check your blood pressure. If it’s especially high, she can recommend further tests to reach a diagnosis.

Treating high blood pressure often consists of diet and lifestyle changes, sometimes supplemented with medication. Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can go a long way toward reversing the condition. Medication is also available that can help keep blood pressure within healthy ranges.

If you think you may have high blood pressure, call the office today or make an appointment online.

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