High Blood Pressure Specialist

Mano Zachariah, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Total Med MD

Mano Zachariah, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatrics located in Orangeburg, NY

Most people with high blood pressure don’t experience signs or symptoms, which is why preventive care at TotalMedMD is so crucial. Mano Zachariah, MD, diagnoses and treats high blood pressure at his practice in Orangeburg, New York. To find out if you have high blood pressure, call or book an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?

Sometimes called hypertension, high blood pressure means the force of blood against the walls of your arteries is higher than normal. Without treatment, high blood pressure can lead to serious complications, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Aneurysms
  • Stroke
  • Eye damage
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Chronic kidney disease

Dr. Zachariah develops a personalized treatment plan to get your blood pressure under control so you can lead a healthy life.

How do I know if I have hypertension?

Many people with high blood pressure don’t know they have it until they get a blood pressure screening. High blood pressure usually doesn’t cause symptoms, even when the pressure is dangerously high.

Fortunately, it’s easy for Dr. Zachariah to detect high blood pressure. The best way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to schedule an appointment at TotalMedMD and continue seeing Dr. Zachariah for routine physicals.

What are risk factors for high blood pressure?

There are many risk factors for high blood pressure, some of which you can change, such as unhealthy lifestyle habits. High blood pressure risk factors include:

  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating too much salt (sodium)
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Chronic conditions, such as diabetes

Your risk of developing hypertension also increases with age. Over time, blood vessels start to naturally thicken and harden, causing blood pressure to rise.

How is blood pressure diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Zachariah measures your blood pressure with an inflatable arm cuff as part of a physical exam. If your blood pressure reading is high, he may ask you to return for two or three more visits. When the reading is consistently too high, Dr. Zachariah diagnoses high blood pressure.

Then, he works with you to achieve and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Depending on your condition, a blood pressure management plan may include:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Reducing sodium intake
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Medications to lower blood pressure

He may also recommend monitoring your blood pressure at home. To learn more about maintaining a healthy blood pressure, call TotalMedMD or book an appointment online.