Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine
Internists located in Denver, CO
Without proper treatment, high blood pressure can increase your risk for severe heart disease. Internal medicine specialist Dr. Igor Borisov and Dr. Witten treat patients with high blood pressure to stave off heart disease and help them live long and healthy lives. Call Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine in Denver to learn more, or book an appointment online today.
Heart Disease and Hypertension Q & A
What is hypertension?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a risk factor for heart disease. This chronic health condition results when the force of your blood against the blood vessel walls is consistently higher than it should be.
Many people don’t experience symptoms from high blood pressure, which is why regular screenings are so important. Early treatment of hypertension can significantly lower your risk of serious heart disease.
What are the symptoms of heart disease?
Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart disease helps saves lives. Symptoms of cardiovascular disease, which can result in a heart attack, angina, or stroke, include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or chest pain
- Chest pressure or discomfort
- Pain, weakness, coldness, or numbness in your arms or legs
- Jaw, throat, neck, back, or upper abdomen pain
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Slowed or racing heartbeat (or fluttering in the chest)
What are the risk factors for hypertension and heart disease?
While hypertension and heart disease can affect anyone, specific risk factors make you more likely to develop a heart condition, such as:
- Older age
- African heritage
- Family history of high blood pressure or heart disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excess weight or obesity
- High-salt or low-potassium diet
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Sleep apnea, diabetes, or kidney disease
How is heart disease treated?
Dr. Borisov and Dr. Witten at Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine diagnose and treat heart disease using a peripheral vascular disease machine. Dr. Borisov or Dr. Witten may also recommend blood tests, X-rays, and other imaging tests to make a final diagnosis.
The most effective treatments for high blood pressure and heart disease are lifestyle changes, including dietary changes and exercise, and medications as needed. Surgery may be required in some cases, depending on the type and severity of your heart disease.
If you’re at risk for hypertension or have a family history of heart disease, call Ninth Avenue Internal Medicine or book an appointment online today.