High Blood Pressure Specialist

Sungwook Steven Kim, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Brighton Family Medicine

Sungwook Steven Kim, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine located in Henderson, NV

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no symptoms. Preventing and managing high blood pressure is essential because it can lead to heart attack and stroke if left untreated. Sungwook Steven Kim, MD, founder of Brighton Family Medicine in Henderson, Nevada, helps men and women lower high blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medication. To schedule your blood pressure screening with Dr. Kim, use the online booking system or call Brighton Family Medicine today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

Every heartbeat pumps blood through your arteries. The force of blood against your artery walls is blood pressure. In people with high blood pressure (hypertension) that force is greater than it should be.

One in every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, though many don’t even know it. Blood pressure testing is critical because it’s the sure way to detect the problem. Without treatment, hypertension can lead to:

  • Aneurysms
  • Eye damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Stroke

Can I prevent high blood pressure?

The good news is that most people can prevent high blood pressure from developing or getting worse. All it takes are some healthy habits. They include:

  • Balanced diet: The ideal diet limits salt and increases potassium.
  • Healthy weight: A healthy weight prevents hypertension and many other health problems.
  • Limiting alcohol: Dr. Kim suggests no more than one drink per day for women and two for men.
  • No smoking: Cigarettes raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart problems.
  • Regular exercise: Dr. Kim suggests at least two and half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week.
  • Stress management: Find natural ways to relax to improve your physical and emotional well-being.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Dr. Kim prevents and manages high blood pressure with lifestyle counseling and medication. Maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and a well-balanced diet that’s low in salt and high in fruits and veggies are highly-effective for preventing or controlling hypertension.

Several types of medication are available to treat hypertension. Some work by flushing excess salt and water from the body. Others relax blood vessels, allowing blood to flow through more easily. As another example, beta blockers reduce the force of the heart’s beat.

Dr. Kim considers your age, overall health, symptoms, and other health conditions to decide on the best medications for you. Many patients have good results with multiple medications.

High blood pressure is a serious condition, but you can keep it from harming your health and continue living a vibrant life. Call or click to schedule an appointment at Brighton Family Medicine in Henderson, Nevada today.