Dr. Ellen Mellow is a cardiologist and internist treating patients at the 115 East 57th Street, Suite 510 location in New York, NY at Maiden Lane Cardiology. Dr. Mellow provides her patients with expert care in the diagnosis of and treatment of hypertension, as well as many other heart-related conditions. For a personalized consultation regarding cardiology-related issues that may be affecting your life, call our office to schedule an appointment today.
Hypertension is a condition in which the long-term force of the blood against a person’s artery walls is high enough to potentially cause health problems like heart disease. Hypertension typically develops over a number of years and affects almost everyone to one degree or another.
High blood pressure can be present in a person for years without evidence of symptoms. Heart attack and stroke can occur suddenly in the absence of getting a routine checkup and self-monitoring. In spite of its dangers, hypertension can be easily detected and controlled with a doctor’s guidance.
Primary hypertension has no identifiable cause and tends to develop gradually over many years. Secondary hypertension is caused by some underlying condition and usually appears suddenly. Some of those underlying conditions can include:
Though none of the following mean a person is certain to be affected by hypertension, the following are risk factors to be aware of: