Hypertension Specialist

Michael Silao, MD

Internist located in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA

Hypertension is a common problem today, but it's also largely controllable in many circumstances. At Michael Silao, MD, patients in the Echo Park, Los Angeles, area can get help with controlling or even eliminating their hypertension. Treatment options include specific lifestyle changes like weight loss as well as prescription medications designed to lower blood pressure. For most hypertension patients, it's possible to achieve much better blood pressure levels through the right medical care.

Hypertension Q & A

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is high blood pressure. Prehypertension occurs with blood pressure readings of 120-139/80-89 mm/Hg. Blood pressure of 140/90 mm/Hg is officially hypertension. Hypertension is a dangerous condition that can have serious health consequences including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

What are the Signs of Hypertension?

Hypertension is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it often has no signs or symptoms. Many patients have no idea that they have high blood pressure until they're having a physical exam or are in the hospital.

Often, hypertension doesn't even reveal itself until a patient is in hypertensive crisis, so it's especially vital that you see Dr. Silao at Michael Silao, MD, for annual physical exams. During an annual physical, your blood pressure will always be evaluated and Dr. Silao can begin early treatment if you do have hypertension.

What Causes Hypertension?

The cause of hypertension isn't always known, but the risk factors are very clear. They include:

  • Age -- it's more common in middle and old age
  • Obesity or excess weight
  • Lack of physical activity (sedentary lifestyle)
  • Poor dietary habits, especially a diet that's high in saturated fat
  • Cigarette smoking

How Can You Avoid Developing Hypertension?

Hypertension can be avoided in many cases, but you may have to make some positive lifestyle changes to do so. Positive changes can include:

  • Improved eating habits
  • More exercise
  • Cessation of smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption

In some cases, patients who are in a prehypertension state may need to take medication to get their blood pressure under control. The most important thing to remember is that hypertension is often completely avoidable if you take the right steps, but it does require a commitment from you. Dr. Silao is here to support you each step of the way.

How is Hypertension Treated?

The treatment for hypertension is often twofold, including both lifestyle changes and medication. Healthy lifestyle changes are sometimes sufficient to reduce blood pressure to healthy levels, but medication may be needed. The earlier that hypertension is identified and treated, the better off you'll be.