High Blood Pressure Specialist

Suncoast Medical Group

Onyi Agim, MD

Internal Medicine located in Houston, TX

While it doesn’t often produce symptoms, high blood pressure can cause serious damage to your body over time. At Suncoast Medical Group in Houston, Texas, internist Onyi Agim, MD, and her highly trained team screen for and treat high blood pressure to reduce your risk of complications. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a chronic condition that causes the force of blood inside artery walls to become too high, leading to heart disease and other health problems over time. Early detection and treatment of high blood pressure are among the best ways to prevent a heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.

Does high blood pressure cause any symptoms?

In many cases, high blood pressure doesn’t produce any symptoms. That’s why routine blood pressure screening is so important. However, if blood pressure reaches dangerously high levels, you might notice shortness of breath, nosebleeds, or headaches.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

While anyone can have high blood pressure, certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Too much salt
  • Too little potassium
  • Heavy drinking
  • Chronic diseases

Your risk of high blood pressure increases if you have diabetes, sleep apnea, kidney disease, or other chronic conditions.

How does my doctor diagnose high blood pressure?

To check for high blood pressure, your Suncoast Medical Group specialist reviews your medical history, discusses your lifestyle habits, and asks if you take medications or have unusual symptoms. 

The Suncoast Medical group team uses a blood pressure cuff and machine or a stethoscope to determine how high your blood pressure is. The procedure is fast and painless.

What are common blood pressure treatments?

The primary treatments for high blood pressure include:

Lifestyle changes

Natural ways to reduce high blood pressure include weight loss, regular exercise, healthy eating habits, not smoking, limiting alcohol, and keeping stress levels low. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods, while limiting your sodium intake. 

Blood pressure medications

Taking medications can reduce blood pressure levels when lifestyle changes don’t work or your pressure becomes dangerously high. Dr. Agim personalizes each medication regimen to find one that’s right for you.

Don’t let high blood pressure cause serious problems for your health. Call the Suncoast Medical Group office to schedule a blood pressure screening or book an appointment online today.