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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Rakesh Chugh, MD

Internal Medicine located in Tinley Park, IL

Having high blood pressure puts you at an increased risk of having serious health problems, including heart attacks and stroke. When you have elevated blood pressure levels, also known as hypertension, you’ll need to manage them to keep them in a healthy range. Rakesh Chugh, MD offers treatment for adults in Tinley Park, Illinois who have high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure can be a difficult condition to detect since it usually does not cause symptoms until later on. Even if you’re young, you can have this condition without realizing it until many years later.

Keep in mind that if you have blood pressure that’s at a dangerously high level, you might have symptoms such as a difficulty breathing, headaches, and nosebleeds. If you have these symptoms, you’ll need to seek emergency medical care.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

Dr. Chugh takes your blood pressure reading to determine if it’s too high. Healthy blood pressure readings are below 120/80. If yours is higher than that, Dr. Chugh will talk to you about how to lower it and keep it in a healthy range. If you do have high blood pressure, you’ll need more frequent blood pressure readings to monitor your condition. You can have high blood pressure when you’re young, although your chance of having it increases as you get older.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

Having risk factors for high blood pressure means that you have a higher chance of having it compared to other people. Your risk of high blood pressure increases if you have any of these:

  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Overweight or obese
  • Underlying medical condition that affects your blood pressure levels, such as diabetes
  • Chronic stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diet that’s high in sodium and low in potassium
  • Smoking
  • Heavy drinking

What causes high blood pressure?

It’s not always possible to tell what’s causing you to have high blood pressure, especially if you have primary hypertension. This is the kind of high blood pressure that gradually develops over many years. Secondary hypertension occurs when you have a medical condition that affects your blood pressure, such as kidney disorders or thyroid problems.

How can I manage high blood pressure?

Dr. Chugh will discuss treatments and ways for you to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range. You might need to take medication, such as beta blockers, to help you manage your blood pressure. Dr. Chugh will also provide you with guidance on adopting a healthier lifestyle by avoiding foods high in sodium and getting regular exercise.

If you need treatment for high blood pressure, please contact Rakesh Chugh, MD to set up an appointment.