High Blood Pressure Specialist

Bay Area Healthcare

Kashif N. Abdullah, MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician located in San Jose, CA

Dr. Kashif Abdullah offers expert medical advice, screenings, and care to help manage high blood pressure at Bay Area Healthcare in San Jose, California. High blood pressure doesn’t typically cause any symptoms but increases your risk of cardiovascular health issues like heart attack and stroke. Make an appointment today by calling the practice or scheduling online to have a blood pressure screening and learn about your treatment options.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Your blood pressure is the measurement of the force of your blood on the walls of your blood vessels. It's measured in two numbers: your systolic and diastolic pressure, represented as 120/80. The first number represents the pressure when your heart beats, and the second shows the force exerted when your heart is at rest.

120/80 is considered a normal blood pressure reading. Your blood pressure is considered high when either number is higher than 130/80. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms, so the only way to know if it’s high is to have routine screenings.

High blood pressure is a major contributing factor to cardiovascular health issues like stroke and heart attack. When your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder to move blood through your body.

What causes high blood pressure?

A number of factors contribute to high blood pressure, many of which are behaviors that are under your control. While your family medical history also contributes to your chances of developing high blood pressure, some of the other factors include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Not enough exercise
  • Poor diet with too much salt
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Stress

How is high blood pressure treated?

Dr. Abdullah helps you to make changes to your lifestyle to lower your blood pressure and prescribes medications to help keep your blood pressure within a normal range. Changing your diet to include more vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins and committing to 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day can help lower your blood pressure and help you lose weight. Also, quit using cigarettes and tobacco products.

Medications including diuretics, beta blockers, angiotensin II receptor blockers, and combination medications control your blood pressure in different ways. Dr. Abdullah prescribes hypertension medications to address your personal needs.

Can I prevent high blood pressure?

You may not be able to prevent high blood pressure, especially if you have a family history of the disease. However, you can make changes to your lifestyle now that will reduce your risk of high blood pressure and help keep it in a normal range.

You should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, for example, taking a walk after dinner is a great way to add some moderate exercise to your life. You should also limit your consumption of red meat, high fat foods, and alcohol. Staying away from cigarettes also is an important part of taking care of your cardiovascular health.