High Blood Pressure Care Specialist

MetroBest Clinic

Medical Office & Primary Care Practice located in Washington, DC

High blood pressure affects one in three adult Americans, and if left untreated, can cause heart attack and stroke. That’s why regular visits to a medical professional like Milca Kaplan, CRNP at MetroBest Clinic are critical. Milca brings years of experience as well as a patient-centered approach to the care she provides women and men in the Washington, D.C. area. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve had a checkup, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office today.

High Blood Pressure Care Q & A

MetroBest Clinic

What is high blood pressure?

Also called hypertension, high blood pressure affects over 75 million Americans or one in every three adults.

High blood pressure refers to the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. If the force is too high, you have high blood pressure. Blood pressure can fluctuate throughout the day or during stressful situations. To be diagnosed as having this issue, you must consistently have high blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is often known as the “silent killer,” as most people who have it don’t show symptoms. If you have high blood pressure for an extended period, it can lead to heart attack or stroke.

Since high blood pressure doesn’t lead to obvious symptoms, annual visits to your doctor can help with early diagnosis.

What can I do to lower my blood pressure?

Some things you can do to lower your risk of high blood pressure are:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your salt intake
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit your alcohol use
  • Manage stress
  • Work with your doctor to put into place a high blood pressure care plan

What goes into high blood pressure care?

High blood pressure care works to lower your blood pressure and helps you lead a healthier life. Most high blood pressure care plans include three parts:

  • Medication to lower blood pressure
  • Lifestyle changes, including losing weight and a heart-healthy diet
  • Regular check-ins with a medical professional, like Milca

Am I at risk for high blood pressure?

Though high blood pressure can impact people of ages, some characteristics can put you at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking or using tobacco products
  • Your age
  • A family history of high blood pressure
  • Diagnosis of chronic kidney disease

Make an appointment with Milca Kaplan, CRNP at MetroBest Clinic today if you have a family history of high blood pressure or haven’t had an exam recently. Schedule your appointment by calling her office or using the online scheduling system.