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Hypertension Specialist

Jagdeep Singh, MD -  - Internal Medicine


Jagdeep Singh, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Bowie, MD

Hypertension rarely presents symptoms, but it’s one of the leading causes of heart disease. Regular visits to your primary care physician can alert you early on, ensuring you remain healthy. At Capital Health & Clinics, primary care physician Jagdeep Singh, MD, and the team use conservative, integrative treatments to manage hypertension in adults. To make an appointment at the practice in Bowie, Maryland, call the office today or schedule online.

Hypertension Q & A

What is hypertension?

If you have hypertension, it means the blood pumping against the walls of your arteries is consistently too high. Over time, this excess force can cause your arteries to weaken, increasing the risk of a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or a stroke.

Hypertension is incredibly common. Researchers estimate about 75 million adults, or 29% of the American population, are at risk. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to manage hypertension.

What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension rarely presents obvious symptoms. As a result, many people who are at risk don’t realize that anything is wrong. Some individuals experience nose bleeds, headaches, or dizziness, but these side effects typically don’t occur until the condition is already life-threatening.

How is hypertension diagnosed?

To diagnose hypertension, the team at Capital Health & Clinics takes your blood pressure with an inflatable cuff and a pressure-measuring gauge. Your provider measures hypertension in millimeters over mercury (mm Hg). A blood pressure reading of below 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal. Anything higher means you’re at risk.

What causes hypertension?

Hypertension falls into two categories. The underlying cause depends on the type of hypertension you have.

Primary hypertension

Primary hypertension occurs slowly over an extended period. Many people develop this type of hypertension as they age.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension comes on suddenly as a result of another medical condition. Common causes of secondary hypertension include weight issues, type 2 diabetes, lupus, kidney disease, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

How is hypertension treated?

At Capital Health & Clinics, the team takes a conservative, integrative approach to hypertension care. Depending on your age and medical history, they might recommend:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a more balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing your stress levels
  • Cutting back on alcohol consumption

If your blood pressure remains high even after making healthy lifestyle changes, the team might recommend prescription medication. Common medications used to treat hypertension include calcium channel blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and beta-blockers.

To receive treatment for hypertension, make an appointment at Capital Health & Clinics. Click the online booking feature or call the office today.