Hypertension Specialist

Alex M. Mercado, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Flanders, NJ

If you’re one of the estimated 75 million American adults living with hypertension, it’s vital that you understand the serious health risks associated with high blood pressure. Finding ways to reduce your blood pressure is critical to reaching and maintaining optimal health and preventing serious complications. If you need help managing your blood pressure, visit Alex M. Mercado, MD, A Primary Care Partners Affiliate. To learn more about how Dr. Mercado can help, call his Flanders, New Jersey office or schedule an appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is another term for high blood pressure. It’s a dangerous health concern, and an estimated one out of every three American adults has it.

Your heart pumps blood that then travels through the rest of your circulatory system. Every heartbeat places a small amount of pressure on the walls of your blood vessels.

When your blood pressure is too high, the walls of your blood vessels become damaged and weakened. That significantly increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and many other medical issues. Dr. Mercado incorporates blood pressure readings into all routine preventive exams.

What are some treatments for hypertension?

Dr. Mercado addresses hypertension by creating a customized treatment plan for your specific needs and lifestyle. There's no cure for hypertension, and treatment efforts focus on managing your blood pressure.

Some people respond well to prescription medications; you may need a combination of drugs for the best results. Medications used to treat hypertension include:

  • Diuretics
  • Central agonists
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Beta blockers and alpha blockers
  • Vasodilators
  • ACE inhibitors

It’s critical to discuss all of your current medications with Dr. Mercado before adding a new drug that could negatively interact with others.

What role does lifestyle modification play in managing hypertension?

Lifestyle modification is widely considered the best way to reduce your blood pressure to healthy levels. That’s excellent news because unlike genetics or other risk factors, you can control your lifestyle.

Losing excess weight is a great place to start and can lead to numerous health benefits. Increasing your daily activity levels is also essential, whether that’s taking an evening walk or joining group fitness classes.

Reducing stress can also make a world of difference in your hypertension. Some people turn to counseling to learn stress management techniques, while others find balance through yoga or meditation.

Eliminating unhealthy habits is also a great way to improve hypertension. You should also avoid smoking, drug abuse, and excessive alcohol consumption. Ask Dr. Mercado for information on treatment options for these and other health issues.

If you’re ready to take control over your hypertension, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mercado to get started right away by calling or booking online.

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