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Hypertension Santa Monica, CA

Most visits to the doctor’s office include a blood pressure reading. There are two numbers in this reading given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The pressure in the arteries when your heart beats, systolic pressure, is the first number. The second is the diastolic pressure, which measures the pressure between heartbeats. This number is lower than the first.

Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg. Elevated blood pressure is above that, but below 129 mm Hg for systolic pressure. Sometimes your blood pressure may be a little elevated when you first come into the doctor’s office. If it is usually within a normal range, the doctor or nurse may take a second reading after you have had time to acclimate to the office.

Stage 1 hypertension occurs when systolic pressure ranges from 130-139 mm Hg or if diastolic pressure is between 80 mm Hg and 89 mm Hg. Stage 2 hypertension is more severe. Here, the systolic pressure is 140 mm Hg or above or the diastolic pressure is 90 mm Hg or above.

Older adults over 65 may experience a condition called isolated systolic hypertension. In this case, the diastolic pressure is normal, but the systolic pressure is 130 mm Hg or above.

Before making a diagnosis of hypertension, your doctor may take three or more readings at separate visits to establish that you do indeed have the condition. Blood pressure changes during the day and an elevated reading could be the result of temporary circumstances.

Treating High Blood Pressure

Slightly elevated blood pressure may respond well to lifestyle changes. Eating heart-healthy foods and cutting down on salt and salty foods may be recommended. Regular exercise will also help, especially if you happen to be overweight. Losing the extra pounds puts less stress on your heart. Limiting your alcohol intake can also help with lowering blood pressure.

In those situations where hypertension is a more serious problem, and lifestyle changes are not effective, medication may be recommended. Treatment for hypertension also depends on your general health and age. Goals for achieving lower blood pressure can be affected by other health conditions.

Dr. Michael will consider all factors as he determines the best treatment plan for your hypertension. High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications or death if not treated. Schedule your appointment for an exam and consultation today.

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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.

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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

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Santa Monica, CA 90404



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