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Hypertension Specialist

Northwest Houston Heart Center

Cardiology located in Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, & The Woodlands, TX

Hypertension, known as high blood pressure, can cause life-threatening events such as heart attack and stroke, but you won’t know unless you have your blood pressure checked regularly. A. Adnan Aslam, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Roy Norman, DO, at Northwest Houston Heart Center in Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, and The Woodlands, Texas, provide regular blood pressure checks, ensuring you stay well and avoid serious complications. Call the nearest office today or book an appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious health problem that can lead to life-threatening heart attack, kidney failure, or stroke, without you even knowing there’s anything wrong.

Your blood pressure reading is a measurement of the force with which blood is pumping through the arteries and around the body. If your blood pressure rises too high, then the force with which your blood is pumping can lead to serious medical problems.

Unfortunately, having high blood pressure doesn’t usually cause any symptoms so without a regular blood pressure check, you won’t likely know there’s a problem until you suffer a serious health crisis. 

Therefore, having your blood pressure checked regularly by your health care team at Northwest Houston Heart Center is essential.

What causes hypertension?

Underlying health conditions such as hormonal imbalances, kidney disease, or diabetes can cause high blood pressure, but the majority of people who have high blood pressure have at least one, if not more, risk factors due to their lifestyle. These factors include:

  • High-fat diet
  • High levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol
  • High-salt diet
  • Being overweight
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Chronic stress
  • Smoking
  • Overconsumption of alcohol

Blood pressure also rises with age, so the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle become more influential the older you get.

How is my blood pressure measured?

Measuring your blood pressure is a simple procedure that only takes a couple of minutes at the Northwest Houston Heart Center office. 

Your practitioner puts a blood pressure cuff around your arm and then inflates it, taking two readings that show how much pressure there is when the heart’s beating (called the systolic reading) and in-between beats (called the diastolic reading).

These two figures combine to give you your blood pressure reading.

  • Healthy blood pressure: Below 120 systolic and below 80 diastolic
  • Raised blood pressure: Between 121 and 140 systolic, or 81 and 90 diastolic
  • High blood pressure: Over 140 systolic or over 90 diastolic.
  • Dangerously high blood pressure: 160 or above systolic; 100 or above diastolic

Your health care team at Northwest Houston Heart Center measures your blood pressure at your annual physical and usually checks it whenever you visit the clinic.

What are treatments for hypertension?

High blood pressure may need medication in some cases, but the best way to reduce it is to make changes to your lifestyle. The team at Northwest Houston Heart Center can help you by supporting you with healthy eating plans, diet and exercise, and smoking cessation.

Find out more about high blood pressure management by calling Northwest Houston Heart Center today or booking an appointment online.