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Are You Aware of Your High Blood Pressure? Santa Monica, CA
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High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects nearly half of the adult population in the United States. High blood pressure is a leading indicator for serious medical conditions such as stroke and heart attack. Unfortunately, high blood pressure isn’t always noticeable on the outside. For this reason, hypertension is often called the “silent killer.” While some patients do experience warning signs or symptoms, it is also common for this condition to compromise the body for years without being detected.

The Importance of Blood Pressure Readings

The easiest and most accurate way to detect hypertension is to perform a blood pressure reading. The numbers won’t lie. A blood pressure reading will provide a set of two numbers. As described by Healthline, “the systolic blood pressure is the top number on your reading. It measures the force of blood against your artery walls while your ventricles squeeze, pushing blood out to the rest of your body. Your diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number on your reading. It measures the force of blood against your artery walls as your heart relaxes and the ventricles are allowed to refill with blood.” You will be diagnosed with hypertension if your numbers are 130/80 mmHg or higher.

Should You Be Checked Regularly?

It is also important that you understand your risk for high blood pressure, as these individuals need to be diligent on checking their blood pressure more regularly. This can be done by your primary care physician at your wellness checks or with an at-home digital blood pressure cuff. If you are self-monitoring, however, you should make sure that you are educated on what your numbers mean and that you understand when to report them to your doctor.

Do you know your risk for hypertension? There are many factors to consider, including the following:

  • Age: Risk increases with age
  • Race: More common in African Americans, especially at an earlier age
  • Family history: Having a close relative with hypertension increases your risk
  • Excess body weight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk
  • Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of physical activity raises your risk
  • Tobacco use: Smoking is a major risk factor
  • Diet: Eating too much sodium and too little potassium spikes your risk
  • Stress levels: Persistent or chronic high stress is associated with high blood pressure
  • Other medical conditions: Certain diseases can increase your blood pressure

Be Proactive with Your Heart

The average heart beats up to 100,000 times per day! This organ is vital to the function and health of your entire body. What steps are you taking to protect and maintain the condition of your heart? Do you have hypertension without even knowing it? Start being proactive with your heart health today and call Dr. Brent Michael to schedule your appointment. We are fully equipped to diagnose, treat and manage chronic conditions such as hypertension.

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM