At Westchester Health, a great many of our patients have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) but not all of them fully understand what this condition means. Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood pushing against your artery walls as it flows throughout your body. Too much force, i.e., high blood pressure, can damage your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
At Westchester Health, we often get questions from our parents who have noticed their child having trouble breathing, and they want to know if their he/she might have asthma or some other lung disease. After performing many in-depth tests, we sometimes find that the child has cystic fibrosis. Because many people are unfamiliar with this condition, we offer this informative blog by Glenn Kaplan, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, so that parents can be better informed if their child has this condition and needs to begin treatment.
Did you know that high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), not heart attack or stroke, is the most common cardiovascular disease? And that if left untreated, it can lead to serious diseases including stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, eye problems…even death? In the U.S. alone, more than 30% of American adults have high blood pressure.