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Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, can begin to affect your body without you even realizing it. Even before you begin showing hypertensive heart disease symptoms, high blood pressure can significantly increase your risk of a number of cardiac conditions, and can even put your life at risk.
At Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC, we work as a team with your primary physician to diagnose and treat all types of cardiovascular disorders, including hypertension. We have the specialized skills and advanced training to provide comprehensive heart disease treatment, as well as treatment for high blood pressure and chest pain.
As an independent group of medical specialists who provide cardiovascular care for office and hospital patients, we deliver personalized, professional services to each person we see. If you’re ready to receive the best care available in Pittsburgh for your hypertension, schedule your first appointment with Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC.
Hypertension is commonly known as “high blood pressure,” and you’ve likely heard of it before. But how does it happen?
Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your entire body. Your “blood pressure” refers to the amount of blood your heart pumps per beat, as well as how much resistance your arteries are presenting to that blood flow. In a case of hypertension, blood pressure is “high,” meaning that your heart is working hard to force blood through arteries that may be narrow due to plaque buildup or other hypertensive heart disease causes.
Most patients who are living with hypertension display no symptoms, even when their blood pressure reads extremely high. For this reason, consistent blood pressure readings are an important part of routine healthcare. High blood pressure readings can alert your primary care physician and your cardiologist to begin taking measures to combat hypertension, reducing your risk of developing hypertensive heart disease or going into heart failure.
In some cases, symptoms do arise, including:
It’s important to note that these symptoms rarely present until hypertension has reached a life-threatening stage. If you or a loved one are experiencing such symptoms, seek medical care immediately.
At Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC, we utilize a number of cutting-edge techniques and technologies to provide accurate diagnoses for patients with cardiac concerns. When diagnosing hypertension, we utilize echocardiography. To learn more, read our page on Diagnostic Cardiology & Nuclear Imaging.
High blood pressure is a red flag for narrow arteries, as well as a heart that is working harder than it should to pump blood through your body. If hypertension persists for a long period of time, the heart can become ineffective, ultimately leading to heart failure.
The team at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC wants to make scheduling your first appointment with us as easy as possible. Just use our online tool to schedule with us, or give us a call at (412) 688-6414.