Hypertension

Soujanya Marupuru, MD

Board Certified Family Physician located in Rancho Mirage, CA

Even though about half of American adults have high blood pressure (hypertension), many are unaware of the issue. Since this condition is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, Soujanya Marupuru, MD, provides comprehensive hypertension management in Rancho Mirage, California. If your blood pressure is continuing to rise, or if you have a known history of hypertension, schedule an evaluation online or call the clinic to book an appointment.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Some force or pressure is essential to get your blood to circulate throughout your body, especially in hard-to-reach areas, like your toes. But there is such a thing as too much force. This is hypertension.

When your blood pressure is high, it means that the force of blood on arteries, veins, and vessel walls is excessive. This can happen if your:

  • Body mass index (BMI) is high, like if you’re overweight or obese
  • Arteries are hard or too narrow, as with atherosclerosis
  • Hormone levels are imbalanced
  • Diet is high in sodium (salt)
  • Cholesterol is high

Your risk of developing high blood pressure is also high if you have an underlying chronic condition, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or cardiovascular disease.

How is hypertension diagnosed?

Just like high cholesterol, high blood pressure can also be a silent killer, since it has no clear symptoms. The primary way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it checked.

This is why every time you come into the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, you can expect a blood pressure test, which simply involves placing a cuff around your arm.

For optimal heart health, Dr. Marupuru wants to see that your blood pressure stays below 120/80 mmHg. Dr. Marupuru could diagnose you with Stage 1 hypertension if your blood pressure goes above 130/80 mmHg, or Stage 2 hypertension if your reading is greater than 140/90 mmHg.

What is the treatment for hypertension?

Whether Dr. Marupuru notices gradual spikes in your blood pressure or finds that your blood pressure is already dangerously high, she’s likely to get you started on a comprehensive treatment plan right away. Treating hypertension often involves combining several of the following therapies:

  • Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet
  • Nutritional counseling and meal planning
  • Weight loss management
  • Exercise planning
  • Smoking cessation

Dr. Marupuru may also get you started on medications designed to improve blood pressure levels. These prescriptions can help relax your blood vessels, make your heart pump with less force, or flush out excess fluid in your body, to name a few functions.

Get started on your hypertension management plan at the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, by booking an exam online today. You can also call to schedule a visit over the phone.

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