High Blood Pressure Specialist

Ahmed Family Practice

Kashif Ahmed, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine located in Forest Park, GA

Nearly 75 million American adults have high blood pressure, a condition that elevates your risk of heart attack and stroke. Of those 75 million, only one in four has their condition under control. The compassionate providers at Ahmed Family Practice in Forest Park, Georgia, offer expert high blood pressure management for men and women. Learn more about controlling high blood pressure to maintain your health by booking your first appointment online or by phone.

High Blood Pressure Q&A

What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force that your blood puts on the walls of your veins and arteries. This pressure helps blood flow through your body when your heart beats. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a medical condition that develops when your blood pressure is consistently too high.

High blood pressure is a common condition. Sometimes there’s no clear cause, but certain factors may make the condition more likely. You could develop high blood pressure if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are sedentary
  • Eat a diet high in salt or low in potassium
  • Drink more than two alcoholic beverages daily

When blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels and your heart. It generally develops over time, and the condition doesn’t have any early warning signs. In order to identify high blood pressure before it causes problems, you should get blood pressure checks as a part of your regular wellness exams.

What are the common complications of high blood pressure?

Uncontrolled high blood pressure poses significant health risks. Over time, high blood pressure damages your blood vessels, tissues, and organs. If you don’t manage your blood pressure effectively, it can lead to:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney damage
  • Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that can increase your risk of developing other serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

How can I manage my high blood pressure?

High blood pressure has a link to serious health complications, but the good news is that managing it can significantly reduce your risk. Ahmed Family Practice offers comprehensive blood pressure monitoring services to help you stay healthy.

Regular blood pressure checks are a part of your care plan. Depending on your blood pressure, overall health, and any other chronic conditions, your provider develops a blood pressure management plan that’s right for you and carefully monitors your hypertension to make sure it is effective.

They may recommend lifestyle changes, like reducing the amount of salt and alcohol in your diet and increasing your activity levels, to help manage your blood pressure. With a medical weight loss program at Ahmed Family Practice, you can successfully lose weight and, in turn, help lower your blood pressure. 

When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your provider may prescribe medication to help manage blood pressure.  

Even if you have high blood pressure, you can maintain a healthy, active life. Get expert care for high blood pressure by calling Ahmed Family Practice or booking your first appointment online today.