High Blood Pressure Specialist

Family Medical Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Elkridge, MD, and Ellicott, MD and Columbia, MD

High blood pressure can be a severe medical condition that, if left untreated, can have life-changing consequences. At Family Medical Wellness Center in Elkridge, Columbia and Ellicott City, Maryland, innovative diagnostic and treatment options are available to help you better manage your blood pressure. Whether she’s guiding you through necessary lifestyle changes or monitoring your medications, Rubina Alvi, MD, ensures that your high blood pressure doesn’t lead to additional medical complications. Request an evaluation online or call the Howard County office to learn more about treating and managing high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Q&A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, commonly known as hypertension, is a condition where the pressure of your blood against your artery walls is too high. As your heart continues to pump blood into narrowed arteries, your blood pressure increases.

If you have high blood pressure, the condition can develop gradually over the years and can lead to a variety of severe health complications, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

In many cases, high blood pressure presents itself without symptoms, even when your blood pressure is extremely high. Dr. Alvi often discovers hypertension during a routine health check.

Some common symptoms of high blood pressure that may indicate the presence of a life-threatening condition include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Shortness of breath

If you know that you have high blood pressure, and experience any of these symptoms, you should seek help from the medical team at Family Medical Wellness Center.

What causes high blood pressure?

With primary hypertension, there isn’t always an identifiable cause for high blood pressure. In secondary hypertension, high blood pressure may be the result of other chronic medical conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

You may also be at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure as you age or if you have a family member who also has the condition.

Being overweight is also a factor for high blood pressure. The more weight you carry, the more pressure you put on your blood vessels to provide nutrients and oxygen to your tissues.

Dr. Alvi and the skilled medical team at Family Medical Wellness Center can help you manage chronic conditions and keep your blood pressure in check.

What are the risks of high blood pressure?

Without effective treatment for high blood pressure, you may increase your risk of developing complications like:

  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary disease
  • Memory problems
  • Damaged blood vessels

Many of these conditions are life-threatening, but managing your blood pressure effectively with Dr. Alvi can help you avoid serious health complications. 

What treatments are available for hypertension?

Dr. Alvi’s experience in diagnosing and managing hypertension ensures you remain in good health and avoid developing other chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes.

Initially, Dr. Alvi may recommend lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet by eating low-fat, low-sodium, whole foods. You should also incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine to help lower blood pressure without medication.

If you’re a smoker, Dr. Alvi can assist you in quitting successfully. She also offers effective stress management options to help you better control your emotions and prevent increased blood pressure issues.

For high blood pressure that’s not controllable with diet and exercise, Dr. Alvi may recommend medications.

Request an appointment at Family Medical Wellness Center online or by phone to learn more about managing your high blood pressure.