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High Blood Pressure Specialist

Mission Heart & Vascular

Board Certified Interventional Cardiologists & Peripheral Vascular Disease located in Mission, TX

Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, or high blood pressure, which increases their risk of having a stroke or heart attack. At Mission Heart & Vascular, Gabriel Todd Faz, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Kiran Mangalpally, MD, offer various high blood pressure treatments using lifestyle changes and medications when necessary. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Mission, Texas, or use the online scheduler today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the force of blood against blood vessels is consistently too high. When this happens, your heart works harder than it’s supposed to, and heart disease can develop. 

Fortunately, high blood pressure is highly treatable, and early detection greatly reduces your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?

Various factors increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Examples include:

  • Chronic stress
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Being sedentary
  • Older age
  • Being African American
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Using tobacco products
  • Too much sodium in your diet
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Too little dietary potassium

Having certain health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, also increases your risk of developing high blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Chances are you won’t experience symptoms if you have hypertension. That’s why regular blood pressure screenings at Mission Heart & Vascular are so important. 

If you do experience symptoms, your blood pressure might be dangerously high, and you might notice nosebleeds, shortness of breath, or headaches.

How is high blood pressure treated?

At Mission Heart & Vascular, the team focuses on lowering your blood pressure in addition to prescribing medications. Your treatment plan might include:

Lifestyle modifications

Altering lifestyle habits helps lower blood pressure naturally, which is often more desirable than taking blood pressure medications. The team may suggest you eat less sodium, consume more potassium-rich foods, and reduce alcohol.

They help you lose weight if you’re overweight, work with you to create a regular exercise program, and recommend ways to manage stress in your life – such as meditation, yoga, massage, and deep breathing techniques.


The team at Mission Heart & Vascular prescribes medications to lower blood pressure and treat additional health conditions, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, as needed. They work with you to find medications that best match your individualized needs.

Mission Heart & Vascular monitor your blood pressure regularly and adjusts medications when necessary to ensure it stays within a normal range. 

Don’t let high blood pressure cause heart problems when simple solutions are within reach at Mission Heart & Vascular. Call for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.