One in three adults has high blood pressure, a chronic disease that’s called the silent killer for good reason — it doesn’t cause symptoms until you suffer an extreme health event like a heart attack. Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, is an expert practitioner of medical weight management and clinical nutrition, integrating diet, exercise, and lifestyle with science-based medicine to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and help keep it well-controlled after it develops. To have your blood pressure screened or to receive ongoing support, call the office in Beverly Hills, California, or schedule an appointment online.
As blood flows through your body, it pushes against blood vessel walls, creating a force that’s called blood pressure. Your blood pressure changes depending on the health of your arteries, the amount of blood circulating through your body, and the strength of your heart.
When you have high blood pressure, the excess force damages the blood vessel wall. This damage causes rough areas that make it easy for cholesterol to stick to the wall, build up, and form plaque. As plaque hardens, you develop a condition called atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis blocks blood flow, and if it narrows the arteries you can develop or have a heart attack or stroke.
The small blood vessels in your kidneys are also affected by atherosclerosis, making this condition the second leading cause of kidney failure. Additionally, having high blood pressure increases your risk of aneurysms, vision loss, and memory problems.
High blood pressure seldom causes symptoms. Atherosclerosis can accumulate for years, and you’ll never know if you don’t have your blood pressure checked.
Several lifestyle factors significantly increase your risk of high blood pressure:
You can prevent high blood pressure if you eliminate these risk factors before the condition develops.
The first line of treatment for high blood pressure is a plan to modify your lifestyle risks. As an expert in clinical nutrition and obesity medicine, Dr. Youdim develops a dietary plan to manage metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.
Your individualized plan may include a heart-healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, a customized exercise protocol, and mindfulness stress reduction. Dr. Youdim may prescribe medication if lifestyle changes don’t lower your high blood pressure. You can also count on her to provide ongoing support and all the information you need to make healthy lifestyle choices.
If you need help managing high blood pressure, book an appointment online, or call Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, a recognized leader in the field of mindful medicine and metabolic health.