Hypertension Specialist

Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine located in San Diego, CA

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, stresses your body and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Calvin Wong, MD, treats men and women with elevated blood pressure at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center. If you live in the San Diego metropolitan area, contact Dr. Wong for a thorough evaluation and treatment plan: Call today or book your appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure as it’s commonly called, occurs when your blood flow creates too much pressure against your artery walls. Blood pressure is measured in two ways:

  • Systolic — The pressure in your arteries when your heart beats
  • Diastolic — The pressure in your arteries between beats

For example, if your blood pressure is 120 over 80, that means your systolic pressure is 120, and your diastolic pressure is 80.

The American Heart Association has grown increasingly concerned about blood pressure and related dangers in recent years. Here are its most recent guidelines:

  • Normal/optimal: 119/less than 80
  • Elevated: 120-129/less than 80
  • Hypertension stage 1: 130-139/80-89
  • Hypertension stage 2: 140/90 and higher
  • Hypertensive crisis: 180/120

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Unfortunately, high blood pressure doesn’t trigger any warning signs (which is why it's sometimes called the silent killer).

What causes hypertension?

Unfortunately, hypertension has no definitive cause. However, a few notable factors correlate with a higher risk for hypertension:

  • Age above  60
  • Being overweight
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Poor diet
  • Inactivity
  • Other medical conditions, such as kidney problems or diabetes

What are the treatment options for hypertension?

To keep your numbers in check, Dr. Wong provides comprehensive blood pressure testing as part of a full physical examination in the office.

Dr. Wong will take several measurements of your blood pressure before determining whether you have hypertension. If you do, Dr. Wong may first suggest lifestyle changes to reduce your blood pressure. For example, he may recommend losing weight, reducing salt intake, and increasing exercise.

Depending on the severity of your blood pressure, Dr. Wong may also prescribe medications to make your heart beat slower or relax your blood vessels.

To keep your blood pressure at safe levels, reach out to Dr. Wong at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego. Call today or book your appointment with the online scheduler.