If you’ve developed hypertension, NYU Langone physicians can help you monitor it carefully for the rest of your life. Your doctor checks your blood pressure and cholesterol levels every few months. The frequency of these visits may depend on how high these measurements are, and on whether you have an underlying health concern, such as type 2 diabetes, cholesterol problems, or kidney problems.
Your doctor regularly discusses your medication plan with you to evaluate its effectiveness, and may choose to add a medication or change an existing one based on your symptoms.
NYU Langone doctors can also help you make lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These modifications may include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and keeping any chronic conditions, such as diabetes, under control.
If you have hypertension in combination with other heart problems, you may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. NYU Langone offers cardiac rehabilitation services through the Joan & Joel Smilow Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Center at Rusk Rehabilitation.
The goal of rehabilitation is to help you reduce your heart disease risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol, and return to your usual activities as quickly as possible following a cardiac event or procedure.
Our rehabilitation specialists include physiatrists, which are physicians who specialize in cardiac rehabilitation medicine. Our staff also includes occupational and physical therapists, exercise physiologists, cardiologists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers. These specialists can help you improve your strength, reduce stress, and make healthful lifestyle changes that improve blood pressure levels and the health of your heart.
Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of hypertension. NYU Langone offers Tobacco Cessation Programs, which can help you stop smoking for good.
If you have diabetes and hypertension, it’s essential to manage both in order to control symptoms. Specialists at NYU Langone can teach you self-care skills that empower you to better manage diabetes. For instance, they can offer guidance on home glucose testing and insulin injections.
Experts at NYU Langone can assist with weight management, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes to help people with hypertension who are at risk of developing diabetes.
Obesity is a leading cause of hypertension. If you’re overweight, losing even a few pounds can lower your blood pressure. NYU Langone doctors can direct you to our Weight Management Program to help guide you to a healthier weight.
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