High Blood Pressure Specialist

Robert J. Wielenga, M.D. -  - Geriatric Physician

Wielenga Medical Group

Robert J. Wielenga, M.D.

Geriatric Physician & Family Practice Physician located in Downey, CA

High blood pressure is one of the most commonly reported health conditions in America. Dr. Robert J. Wielenga and his staff offer a variety of treatment options that work to bring your high blood pressure under control and strengthen your cardiovascular system. The staff of Wielenga Medical Group provides services to residents throughout the Downey, California, area. If you live in or near the area, contact Dr. Wielenga for a consultation to ensure your blood pressure falls within the normal range.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

by Robert J. Wielenga, M.D.

What causes blood pressure to rise? 

Your blood pressure can start to rise for several reasons. High levels of stress, poor diet, and age are often the most common factors. The pressure in your blood vessels is the force of the blood as it flows through the body. The harder it is to keep your blood moving, the harder your heart must work to maintain proper circulation.

As you age, your arteries can begin to thicken or harden, making them less flexible. That means they're no longer able to help the heart move the blood and can cause a dramatic increase in blood pressure. High blood pressure can also be caused by plaque that builds up, blocking the blood as it tries to flow through the arteries.

What other conditions are associated with high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is often found in conjunction with other health conditions. A few of the most common include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Aging

Many of these items are often linked together, creating a perfect storm that can have disastrous effects on the body if left untreated.

As you age, your muscles begin to lose both mass and strength. That includes your heart muscle. If you are inactive and don't exercise on a regular basis, your heart muscle will continue to weaken, making it harder to circulate your blood through your body. Even light exercise can have a positive effect when it comes to improving the strength and stamina of the heart.

Can high blood pressure be controlled without medication?

Positive lifestyle changes can correct many problems that lead to high blood pressure. Although they may not completely resolve the problem, they can help reduce the amount of pressure created as the blood circulates through the body. A few of the most beneficial lifestyle changes include:

  • Eliminating tobacco and alcohol
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting the amount of salt in the diet
  • Eliminating fried foods, processed foods, and fatty meats from the diet
  • Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet

Gradually incorporating these simple habits into your everyday routine can dramatically lower your blood pressure over time.

*Individual results may vary