High Blood Pressure Specialist

Marina Margolin, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Universal Family Medicine

Marina Margolin, MD

Family Practice Physician located in Financial District, New York, NY

If you’re one of the nearly 75 million Americans with high blood pressure, you are at a significantly higher risk of severe health problems like stroke and heart attack. Dr. Marina Margolin, of Universal Family Medicine in Downtown Manhattan, Financial District of Manhattan, provides services that help prevent, diagnose, and treat your high blood pressure. For evaluation and personalized treatment, call your nearest New York City office or schedule an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a common problem that affects as many as half the adults in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. 

High blood pressure refers to excessive pressure inside your blood vessels during and after each heartbeat. Two numbers make up a blood pressure reading:

  • Systolic pressure: The higher of the two numbers shows your blood pressure when your heart pumps. 
  • Diastolic pressure: The lower of the two numbers shows your blood pressure when your heart is at rest and filling with blood.

A blood pressure reading of 120/80 or lower is ideal and indicates the heart is both pumping and filling at safe levels for the blood vessels. 

A blood pressure reading consistently higher than 140/90 can damage the internal structure of your arteries and veins over time, placing you at high risk of severe complications. 

Who is at risk for having high blood pressure?

You may be at higher risk for having high blood pressure if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Are a man
  • Are African American
  • Are over 65 years old
  • Use excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Have a stressful job or lifestyle
  • Have a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have a diet high in fat or salt
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have sleep apnea
  • Have a family history of heart disease or high blood pressure

If you have risk factors for high blood pressure, you must have regular blood pressure checks to ensure early treatment. 

What are the health risks of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because it can do damage without causing any symptoms. Undetected or uncontrolled high blood pressure can contribute to a wide range of health problems, including:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PAD)
  • Aneurysm
  • Enlarged heart 
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive decline
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction (ED)

The only way to know you have high blood pressure before it is too late is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. 

What can I do to treat my high blood pressure?

If you have hypertension, you must work with the team at Universal Family Medicine to lower your blood pressure and your health risks. Your personalized plan of care may include: 

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Stress reduction
  • Dietary changes
  • Exercise
  • Regular blood pressure checks
  • Annual physical exams
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking cessation

Effective treatment of your high blood pressure is vital to your overall health and wellness. 

For ongoing evaluation and treatment for your high blood pressure, call or schedule an appointment online with Universal Family Medicine today.