High Blood Pressure/Hypertension Specialist

Mitchell E. Cohen, M.D.

Internist & Diabetes Specialist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Hypertension can be a severe medical condition that, if left untreated, can have life-changing consequences. At Dr. Mitchell Cohen’s medical practice in Century City, California, innovative diagnostic and treatment options are available to help you better manage your blood pressure. Whether he’s guiding you through necessary lifestyle changes or monitoring your medications, Dr. Cohen ensures that your high blood pressure doesn’t lead to additional medical complications. Schedule an evaluation online or by phone to learn more about treating hypertension.

High Blood Pressure/Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition where the pressure of your blood against your artery walls is too high. As your heart continues to pump blood into narrowed arteries, your blood pressure increases.

If you have hypertension, the condition can develop gradually over the years and can lead to a variety of severe health complications, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

 

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

In many cases, hypertension presents itself without symptoms, even when your blood pressure is extremely high. Dr. Cohen often discovers hypertension during a routine health check.

Some common symptoms of hypertension that may indicate a life-threatening situation may include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Shortness of breath

 

What causes hypertension?

With primary hypertension, there isn’t always a determinable cause for high blood pressure. In secondary hypertension, high blood pressure may be the result of other medical conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

 

You may also be at an increased risk of developing hypertension as you age or if you have a family member who also has the condition.

Being overweight is also a factor for hypertension. The more weight you carry, the more pressure you put on your blood vessels to provide nutrients and oxygen to your tissues.

 

What are the risks of hypertension?

Without effective treatment for hypertension, you may increase your risk of developing complications like:

  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary disease
  • Memory problems
  • Damaged blood vessels

 

What treatments are available for hypertension?

Dr. Cohen’s experience in diagnosing and managing hypertension ensures you remain in good health and avoid developing other medical complications, like coronary disease.

Initially, Dr. Cohen may recommend lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet by eating low-fat, low-sodium, whole foods. You should also incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine to help lower blood pressure without medication.

If you’re a smoker, Dr. Cohen can provide guidance in quitting successfully. He also offers effective stress management options to help you better control your emotions and prevent increased blood pressure issues.

For high blood pressure that’s not controllable with diet and exercise, Dr. Cohen may recommend medications.

Book an appointment online or by phone to learn more about managing high blood pressure.