The Centers for Disease Control reports that 75 million Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension), and only 54% of these people have the condition under control. Because hypertension often has no outward symptoms, many people don’t even know their blood pressure is high. If you live in or around Jersey City, New Jersey, come to DRS Medical Associates to get your blood pressure checked and under control. Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma can help you manage high blood pressure with lifestyle habits and medications when necessary.
Blood pressure readings are like a fraction with a top number, the systolic, over a bottom number, the diastolic. Systolic blood pressure represents the force of the blood in your arteries when your heart muscle contracts and diastolic blood pressure is your blood pressure between these contractions. Blood pressure readings are ranked as such:
High blood pressure doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms, even though it’s damaging blood vessels and your heart. This silent, internal damage raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, vision loss, metabolic syndrome, and trouble with mental acuity.
If your blood pressure is abnormally high, you’ll be monitored at several consecutive appointments before the doctors diagnose you with hypertension. It’s normal for your blood pressure to vary throughout the day, especially when you’re under stress, such as when you’re at the doctor’s office.
High blood pressure has a strong genetic component. Your blood pressure also naturally rises as you age. Other risk factors include:
Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma will recommend you stop using all tobacco products and cut back on alcohol. Reduce your sodium intake and up your consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits. Increase your physical activity. Weight loss, if you’re overweight, is another important step.
Lifestyle modifications aren’t always successful in treating hypertension, however. If this is the case, the doctor may prescribe medications to keep your blood pressure under control. Medication doesn’t replace your need to adopt healthy habits. Controlling your blood pressure is important, but eliminating it and medications through lifestyle changes, if possible, is much better.
View prehypertension as a warning sign. You’re at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, and all its complications, in the future. If your blood pressure is in the range of 120-139/80-89, make extra efforts to change your lifestyle habits to include a healthy, lower sodium diet and more physical activity.
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."