High Blood Pressure Specialist

E. Martin Maida, MD -  - Internist

E. Martin Maida, MD

Internist & Internal Medicine located in Livingston, NJ

High blood pressure affects more than 75 million Americans every year. Having a healthy blood pressure ensures that your body gets the blood it needs to sustain your organs and other tissues. E. Martin Maida, MD, is dedicated to providing men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, with expert care so they can regain control over their blood pressure. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Imagine if you were driving down the road and the air pressure in your car tires kept increasing. Eventually, they would be at risk of bursting, and your car would pose a severe risk to you, your passengers and the drivers around you. Your veins work similarly.

When the blood inside your veins circulates through your body at too fast a speed, it slams against the artery walls and causes damage to them along the way. This is called high blood pressure, or hypertension.

What causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure comes as a result of multiple factors, though its exact cause hasn’t been determined yet.

High blood pressure is often caused by a combination of age and genetics. As you age, your arteries start to narrow and stiffen, causing your blood to generate more pressure as it travels throughout your body.

An unhealthy diet can also lead to high blood pressure, especially one that's systematically punctuated by excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol. This is why men and women suffering from obesity frequently suffer from high blood pressure.

In other cases, high blood pressure can come about as a result of pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. In rare cases, kidney diseases or hormone imbalances can lead to high blood pressure.

Dr. Maida will work with you to understand the causes of your high blood pressure, and he will suggest treatments to meet your needs.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is frequently known as the silent killer, so you might not exhibit symptoms until it’s too late. Generally speaking, common symptoms of high blood pressure can include:

  • Chest pain and severe headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems
  • Bloody urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme sweating and anxiety

Through rigorous diagnostic testing, Dr. Maida can relieve your symptoms and stabilize your blood pressure to avoid long-term consequences.

How do you treat high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is best treated with preventive care. Dr. Maida will craft a comprehensive lifestyle regimen that will include a healthy diet and exercise plan to keep your blood pressure in check. He might also recommend:

  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors
  • Alpha blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers

To keep your blood pressure in check, book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today.