High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure doesn’t just indicate problems with your heart health, it can also increase your risk of serious health complications.

High Blood Pressure

At his private practice in Miami, board-certified family medicine physician Z. Rafael Abad, M.D., P.A., helps you to regulate your blood pressure and improve the health of your heart and circulatory system.

From medications to testing and lifestyle changes, Dr. Abad and the friendly medical staff are here to help. Call or request an appointment online.


What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition that involves your circulatory system. With high blood pressure, your blood flow is frequently exhibiting too much force against the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure can cause various complications, such as heart disease, if it continues over time.

Dr. Abad carefully assesses your blood pressure by measuring the amount of blood pumping from your heart and the resistance of your arteries to the blood flow. High blood pressure usually indicates that your arteries are too narrow or your heart is pumping too much blood.


What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure doesn’t typically present any symptoms. If it does, however, some of the symptoms might include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds

You might not realize you have high blood pressure, so it’s best to keep up-to-date with your regular visits with Dr. Abad.


What causes high blood pressure?

There are different types of high blood pressure and various causes and contributing factors that could be at play:

Primary hypertension. Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that occurs gradually over many years without a clear cause.

Secondary hypertension. Secondary hypertension can happen in an instant, typically as the result of an underlying condition.

Certain factors raise your risk of getting high blood pressure, such as:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Illegal drugs like amphetamines
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic excess alcohol consumption
  • Kidney complications

Certain medications, such as prescription drugs, birth control pills, and cold remedies can also heighten your risk.

High blood pressure can lead to complications, such as metabolic syndrome, memory loss, and heart failure if it isn’t properly managed.


What methods treat high blood pressure?

Dr. Abad evaluates your blood pressure and your medical history before he performs a physical exam. He might suggest any additional testing when necessary and discuss healthy lifestyle changes, such as a diet that’s nutrient-dense and balanced, stress management, and a regular appropriate exercise program. He might also discuss ways to improve your sleep schedule.

Dr. Abad recommends limiting your alcohol intake, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight to lower your blood pressure. He provides proven-successful medications to help you regulate your blood pressure and valuable information on how to take care of your circulatory system and your heart.

If you’re wondering if you have high blood pressure or if you have concerns about your heart health, call Dr. Abad or schedule an appointment today.

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Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Request an Appointment | Dr. Abad

Please Note: Our office will reach out to you directly to confirm your appointment date and time.

Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.