Hypertension Specialist

Vigel M. Varkey, MD

Internal Medicine Provider & Medical Aesthetics Specialist located in New Port Richey, FL

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects millions of people, but many don’t know they have it until they have a heart attack or stroke. Vigel M. Varkey, MD, provides blood pressure screening and hypertension treatments at VIgel Varkey M.D. in New Port Richey. Call or make an appointment online today for a blood pressure screening. It may save your life.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure, which is when the force exerted on the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high.

Your blood pressure is measured with two numbers, your systolic and diastolic pressure. Your systolic pressure is the force when your heart beats. Your diastolic pressure is the force when your heart is at rest.

Healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or lower. Your blood pressure is considered high when your numbers are 140/90 or higher, although if you find that your blood pressure creeps above 120/80, you should take action to lower it immediately.

Hypertension increases your risk of developing serious health issues like heart attack and stroke. Hypertension doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms, so having regular screenings is the only way to diagnose this disease before it leads to a more serious issue.  

What causes hypertension?

While your personal and family medical history contributes to your risk of developing high blood pressure, your lifestyle is a significant factor. For example, the following issues are known contributors to this dangerous disease.

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Eating a high-fat diet
  • Consuming too much alcohol and salt
  • Not exercising

How do you diagnose hypertension?

When you have your annual checkup, one of the standard health screenings is a blood pressure test. These routine screenings provide Dr. Varkey with a running history of your blood pressure. If there’s an upward trend in your numbers, he orders additional testing. This involves several blood pressure monitoring sessions at different times of day to ensure the high reading wasn’t a one-off caused by an external factor.

How do you treat hypertension?

Dr. Varkey offers customized treatment to help you manage and lower your blood pressure. He offers coaching to help you adjust your lifestyle to reduce your hypertension including diet plans rich in vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, with limited salt and saturated fats. He also encourages regular physical activity to strengthen your cardiovascular system and help you lose weight.

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your blood pressure, Dr. Varkey may prescribe medication to get it under control.

If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, call or book an appointment online today.