High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. It can lead to heart disease, a heart attack or stroke. There are a variety of options people can take to improve their health, while keeping their blood pressure at a controllable level.
Massena Memorial Hospital’s Hypertension Specialist/ Nephrologist Birinder Singh, MD FRCPC is presenting a community education program, High Blood Pressure – What Can Be Done at 6 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the hospital’s board room. This program is to help educate the public on the risk factors of high blood pressure.
Dr. Singh is American and Canadian Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at Yale University in Connecticut. He completed his Nephrology Fellowship at Ottawa University in Ontario.
Some people are pre-disposed to high blood pressure due to a family history. Other people’s lifestyle choices make them prone to suffer from high blood pressure. Dr. Singh will talk on practical tips on how to live your life better, no matter what your blood pressure risk is.
“Don’t live in fear. Get the facts about high blood pressure. I can help guide you into making better choices, so you can live the best life possible,” Dr. Singh said.
High blood pressure (hypertension) directly increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. With high blood pressure, the arteries may have an increased resistance against the flow of blood. This causes your heart to pump harder to circulate the blood. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. But you can find out if your blood pressure is higher than normal by checking it yourself or by having it checked regularly by your healthcare provider.
What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?
Nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure. It is particularly common in:
• People who have diabetes, gout, or kidney disease
• African Americans, especially those who live in the southeastern U.S.
• People in their early to middle adult years;. Men in this age group have higher blood pressure more often than women in this age group.
• People in their middle to later adult years. Women in this age group have higher blood pressure more often than men in this age group. More women have high blood pressure after menopause than men of the same age.
• Middle-aged and older adults. More than half of all Americans ages 60 and older have high blood pressure.
• People with a family history of high blood pressure
• People who have a lot of salt in their diet
• Overweight people
• Heavy drinkers of alcohol
• Women who are taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives)
• People with depression
To make an appointment with Dr. Singh please call Massena Cardiology, Hypertension, and Nephrology Clinic at 315-842-3049.