Hypertension Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

Hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure, doesn’t have many symptoms in its early stages, and that makes it especially dangerous. During your visits to Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC in Savannah, Georgia, with physician Stephen M. Herman, MD, you’ll get blood pressure monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment if needed. Make sure your hypertension is well-managed by using the online appointment tool or calling the office today.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is high blood pressure. Ideally, your blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mmHg. There are different levels of hypertension as follows.

  • 120-129 and less than 80 mmHg: elevated blood pressure
  • 130-139 or 80-89 mmHg: stage 1 hypertension
  • 140 or higher or 90 mmHg or higher: stage 2 hypertension
  • Higher than 180 and/or higher than 120 mmHg: hypertensive crisis

If you have consistently elevated blood pressure or hypertension, you should see Dr. Herman regularly to monitor your condition. If your blood pressure reading indicates hypertensive crisis, it's a medical emergency and you should get to the closest emergency room immediately.

Am I at risk for hypertension?

In most cases, the cause of hypertension isn't clear, but the risk factors are well-established. The following factors typically play a role in hypertension.

  • Age: hypertension is most common in middle age and beyond
  • Family history: immediate relatives with it means you're more likely to have it
  • Weight: being overweight or obese increases your risk of hypertension
  • Poor eating habits: a diet high in saturated fat increases hypertension risk
  • Sedentary lifestyle: a lack of physical activity raises your hypertension risk

Although you can't change your age or family history, you're very much in control of your eating habits, physical activity, and weight with Dr. Herman’s help. By working with Dr. Herman to improve your health, you can reduce your risk of hypertension, or even bring high blood pressure down.

What can happen if hypertension isn't treated?

You could suffer from any of the following without hypertension treatment.

  • Heart disease
  • Blocked arteries
  • Eye problems, including retina and optic nerve damage
  • Stroke
  • Kidney problems

Hypertension can have serious or even fatal consequences, which is why treatment is so vital.

How is hypertension treated?

Dr. Herman treats hypertension according to the stage, its effects, and your general health. In many cases, a few healthy lifestyle adjustments can lower your blood pressure to healthy levels. This typically includes weight loss if you need it, a healthier diet with low saturated fat intake, and regular exercise.

If your blood pressure isn't in the healthy range after lifestyle changes, you may need prescription medication. As long as you make healthy choices and stick with your treatment plan, you can take control of your hypertension.

Book your appointment at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC through the online tool or by phone now.