Dr. James Okamoto encourages those living in the region of Waipahu, Hawaii to schedule a blood pressure test at the Ka Wai Ola Family Medical Clinic. Diagnosing and treating high blood pressure as early as possible helps prevent heart disease and strokes.
As your heart pumps blood through your body, the blood pushes against the sides of blood vessels. The force of that pushing is your blood pressure. When blood pressure is too high, the constant strain damages arteries. Then cholesterol traveling through your bloodstream gets stuck on the damaged areas, eventually building up and hardening the artery.
Depending on which blood vessels are affected, high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or cause vascular dementia. High blood pressure also forces your heart to work harder, setting the stage for a heart attack. When high blood pressure injures blood vessels in the kidneys, you can end up with kidney failure.
The tricky thing about high blood pressure is that it doesn’t have any symptoms until it causes enough damage in your body to trigger symptoms in the affected area. That means you may experience:
Dr. Okamoto will work with you to create a treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes, medications, and possibly weight loss. If you’ve developed any underlying health problems, they will also be treated.
High blood pressure can be prevented and treated, but only if you have regular blood pressure screenings. The American Heart Association recommends at least one screening every 2 years if blood pressure is normal and more frequently if it’s high. Call the Ka Wai Ola Family Medical Clinic and schedule an appointment to check your blood pressure.
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