High Blood Pressure Specialist

Lilia Hernandez, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Lilia Hernandez, MD

Internal Medicine located in Brownsville, TX

When pressure is exerted on the walls of your blood vessels, it’s a serious concern known as high blood pressure. This condition affects nearly 1 in 2 Americans. If you have high blood pressure or a family history of this condition, Lilia H. Hernandez MD in Brownsville, Texas, offers the treatment and medical support you need. For high blood pressure care, call the office or book an appointment online with Dr. Hernandez today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure occurs when the blood within your vessels puts excess pressure on your artery walls. This can damage both your blood vessels and your heart. 

Because high blood very rarely causes symptoms, all too many people don’t know they’re living with this serious health condition. 

Left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to other serious health conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Aneurysm
  • Vision loss
  • Kidney problems
  • Dementia

If you don’t know your blood pressure levels, make an appointment with Dr. Hernandez. Getting your blood pressure checked is a comfortable, noninvasive process that takes just minutes. 

When should I be concerned about my blood pressure?

When you get your blood pressure checked, you’ll see two numbers. The first is your systolic blood pressure, or the pressure on your artery walls when your heart beats. The second is your diastolic pressure, the pressure between heartbeats. 

If your systolic pressure is below 120 mm Hg and your diastolic pressure is below 80 mm Hg, your blood pressure is normal and healthy. 

If your systolic pressure rises to between 120 and 129 mm Hg, take note. Your blood pressure is elevated and you should make changes to reduce it.

Once your systolic blood pressure reaches 130 mm Hg, you’re diagnosed with stage 1 hypertension (high blood pressure). 

If your systolic blood pressure hits 140 and your diastolic pressure hits 90, you have stage 2 hypertension. At this point, it’s critical you make changes to bring your blood pressure down. 

How do I reduce my blood pressure?

Many medications can help you reduce blood pressure. Dr. Hernandez can prescribe a blood pressure medication to you, but she doesn’t do so in a vacuum. 

She recommends making lifestyle changes as part of your treatment program. Making healthy changes can dramatically reduce your blood pressure levels.

Some of the most effective ways to reduce your blood pressure include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a nutritious, low-salt diet
  • Managing stress
  • Quitting smoking
  • Losing excess weight
  • Reducing alcohol consumption

For dedicated high blood pressure care and support in making the right lifestyle changes, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.