Ben Kermani, MD
Primary Care Doctor located in Las Vegas, NV and Summerlin, NV
High blood pressure (HBP) is known as the “silent killer” because nearly half of all American adults have this potentially fatal condition but don’t know it. Dr. Ben Kermani truly believes that an ounce of prevention surpasses a ton of treatment. If you suffer from high blood pressure symptoms in the Las Vegas and Summerlin area, come in to see Dr. Kermani today!
High Blood Pressure Q&A
What’s high blood pressure?
High blood pressure (HBP), otherwise known as hypertension, is a condition in which your blood flows through your vessels with more force than is normal. Two numbers determine your blood-pressure rate:
- Systolic pressure: The pressure in your vessels when your heart pumps blood.
- Diastolic pressure: The pressure in your vessels when the heart is at rest.
Your blood pressure is normal if the systolic rate is below 120 and the diastolic rate is below 80.
How can I tell if I have HBP?
HBP usually has no symptoms. That’s why it’s essential to have an annual physical examination to monitor your blood pressure and begin treatment if you’re in a hypertensive or prehypertensive phase.
If a blood pressure test indicates you’re at risk for HBP and other heart conditions, Dr. Kermani performs an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to monitor your heart rhythm, look for signs of a heart attack, and see if abnormalities are present (such as a thickened heart muscle).
What are the complications of HBP?
Signs of high blood pressure can lead to serious health consequences:
- Kidney disease and failure
- Eye damage
- Cognitive changes
- Peripheral artery disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
How is HBP treated?
If Dr. Kermani diagnoses you with HBP, he may recommend the following lifestyle modifications:
- Eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains
- Avoid excessive sodium
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Start a healthy exercise regimen
- Learn relaxation techniques
When HBP doesn’t respond to lifestyle modifications and ultrasound therapy, Dr. Kermani may prescribe drugs to reduce the strain on your heart.
If you suspect you have hypertension, or would like an annual examination, call Dr. Kermani’s helpful staff.