The Brooklyn Heart Center, Hypertension & You
High blood pressure or hypertension is a major risk factor for heart failure, stroke, heart disease and kidney failure if not controlled.
Interventional cardiologist and medical director of TBHC’s The Brooklyn Heart Center, Dr. Srinivas Kesanakurthy said that hypertension quietly damages blood vessels and if left untreated or diagnosed it can lead to serious health complications down the road.
“Everyone should know their blood pressure and the risks associated with it,” Dr. Kesanakurthy said. “The numbers tell the real story of whether you are at-risk for developing more serious and life-threatening illnesses. Often, these conditions can be prevented through diet, stress management and staying active.”
The Brooklyn Heart Center at TBHC is a leading provider of comprehensive heart care, from prevention to interventional services. Named a High Performing Hospital for Heart Failure Care by U.S. News & World Report and the American Heart Association, TBHC fills a need for local accessibility to outstanding cardiac care designed to help Brooklyn residents live longer and healthier lives.
Under the leadership of Dr. Sarath Reddy, Chief of the Cardiology Division, TBHC has expanded its cardiac care services to offer state-of-the-art, percutaneous coronary interventions and electro-physiology procedures. “As a clinical affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital and an academic affiliate with The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, TBHC benefits from the clinical depth of a renowned academic medical provider. Access to world-class care, delivered locally in Brooklyn, is a real advantage for residents.” Dr. Reddy stated.
There are many resources available at The Brooklyn Heart Center when it comes to learning about hypertension and maintaining your cardiovascular health.
The Brooklyn Heart Center’s Registered Nurse Priti Cohan said that a few simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference, including:
- Eating a balanced, low-salt diet
- Limiting alcohol
- Regular exercise and physical activity
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Taking your medications properly
If you or a family member suspect you may be at risk, schedule an appointment to have your blood pressure checked at The Brooklyn Heart Center. For more information, call Dr. Reddy at (718) 250-8265.
The American Heart Association has a high blood pressure risk calculator tool that can provide you with some information. Visit www.heart.org.