High Blood Pressure Specialist

Susan Biegel, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Susan Biegel, MD

Internal Medicine & Laser Aesthetic Specialist located in Upland, CA

High blood pressure is the most preventable cause of heart disease and stroke in the United States, yet it’s called the silent killer because if left untreated, high blood pressure does kill. That’s way Dr. Susan Biegel specializes in cardiovascular health and helping patients in Upland, California, manage their high blood pressure and get it under control.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood against your artery walls. High blood pressure, often called hypertension, occurs when the blood vessels in your heart and body are under increased stress, causing your heart to work harder. The higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart must work to pump blood throughout your body.

A healthy blood pressure is around 120/80, while hypertension begins at 140/90. When blood pressure gets high, it can cause a range of symptoms, or none at all. Some of the symptoms of high blood pressure are:

  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain 

If left untreated, high blood pressure is deadly. It can lead to an enlarged heart, heart attack, or heart failure. It also causes:

  • Aneurysms
  • Strokes
  • Blindness
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Kidney failure

What causes high blood pressure?

Although doctors know some contributing factors of high blood pressure, the actual cause is unknown. Some things that play a role in the development of hypertension include:

  • Bad habits like excessive drinking or smoking
  • Chronic stress
  • Genetics
  • Obesity/sedentary lifestyle
  • Thyroid disorders

How is high blood pressure treated?

The good thing about high blood pressure is that it’s easily treated. After your initial consult with Dr. Biegel, a treatment plan is developed to help lower your blood pressure. In some cases, Dr. Biegel may recommend lifestyle changes such as:

  • Losing weight
  • 30 minutes of daily exercise
  • A low-sodium diet
  • Reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption

She may also recommend quitting smoking and learning stress-management techniques such as:

  • Deep breathing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation 

For many patients, these lifestyle changes are enough to lower blood pressure to a safe range, but for others, this may not be enough. In addition to these changes, Dr. Beigel may recommend a prescription medication that works to lower your blood pressure. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, consult with Dr. Beigel today. Remember, hypertension is a treatable -- and sometimes curable -- disease, but it’s not safe to let it go untreated. It can kill you.

Insurance Providers

We accept major PPO and HMO insurance plans. If you have additional questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.

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