Hypertension Specialist

Nader Ewaida, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Hope Internal Medicine and Sleep Clinic

Nader Ewaida, MD

Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in North Richland Hills, TX

Hypertension or high blood pressure doesn’t give you the courtesy of a warning sign. It can be high for years, causing progressive damage, and you won’t find out until a serious complication develops. Dr. Nader Ewaida at Hope Internal Medicine and Sleep Clinic offers preventive care and helps you stay healthy with ongoing hypertension management. If you have questions or would like to schedule hypertension screening, call the office in North Richland Hills, Texas or book an appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

How does hypertension affect your health?

Over time, hypertension damages the walls of your blood vessels. This damage creates a rough spot where cholesterol accumulates, hardens, and forms plaques.

As plaques build up, they block blood flow and significantly increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Hypertension damages small blood vessels in your kidneys, making it the second-leading cause of kidney failure.

As if narrowed arteries and kidney disease weren’t enough, hypertension also increases your risk of:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Enlarged heart and heart failure
  • Aneurysms (bulges in your arteries that can rupture)
  • Cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Retinal damage leading to vision loss

All of these complications are avoidable by preventing hypertension.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension is called the silent disease for good reason: It doesn’t cause symptoms. You’ll only begin to experience symptoms after a complication develops.

You can have high blood pressure for years and not realize it unless you get your blood pressure checked by Dr. Ewaida at an annual wellness exam.

Am I at risk for developing hypertension?

Although hypertension can develop from an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and thyroid disease, it usually builds slowly over many years due to the influence of lifestyle habits.

Your chance of hypertension is higher if you meet any of the following risk factors:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Diet high in salt
  • Diet low in potassium
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoke cigarettes

These conditions boost blood pressure, which is the force blood exerts against blood vessel walls, by increasing blood volume and boosting your heart rate.

How is hypertension managed?

Since the primary risk factors for hypertension are related to your lifestyle, the first line of treatment is to address those problem areas.

For some patients, losing weight, reducing salt, and getting more exercise are enough to keep blood pressure in a normal range without medication.

When lifestyle changes don’t help, or if your blood pressure is dangerously high, Dr. Ewaida prescribes medications to lower your hypertension.

Routine blood pressure screening at an annual wellness exam is the best way to prevent high blood pressure. To schedule a screening or if you need customized care for hypertension, call Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic or book an appointment online.