Jeffrey Graf, MD -  - Concierge Medicine

Jeffrey H. Graf, MD

Concierge Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

High Blood Pressure Specialist

High blood pressure affects millions of men and women, and it's a leading cause of heart disease and other serious medical issues. At his New York City practice, Dr. Jeffrey Graf helps men and women from throughout Manhattan manage blood pressure with customized treatment programs tailored to their needs.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

by Jeffrey H. Graf, MD

What is High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure refers to the amount of force that needs to be exerted to keep blood circulating throughout the body. The force of blood as it circulates exerts pressure on the blood vessels. If that pressure exceeds normal levels, it can damage the vessels and the tissues and organs they provide with blood. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The cuff used to measure blood pressure returns two values – one for the pressure exerted when the heart is beating (systolic pressure) and one for the pressure exerted while the heart rests between beats (diastolic pressure). Generally, a pressure at or below 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal, while a pressure at or above 140/90 mm Hg is considered high. High blood pressure is also referred to as hypertension.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is more common among people who:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are older
  • Lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoke or use tobacco products
  • Abuse alcohol
  • Eat a diet high in unhealthy fats or sodium
  • Have diabetes or kidney disease
  • Have a family history of kidney disease

Hypertension can also be caused by chronic and significant stress, and people who have sleep apnea are also more likely to have high blood pressure.

What Are The Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

Hypertension almost never causes symptoms on its own, and many people have no idea they have high blood pressure until a serious medical event like a heart attack or stroke occurs. Having blood pressure measured on a routine basis is the best way to identify the condition so it can be treated as soon as possible.

How is High Blood Pressure Treated?

High blood pressure is typically treated with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, losing excess weight, being more physically active, and eating a diet low in unhealthy fats and high in fiber. Without treatment, hypertension increases the risks of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, vision loss, and dementia.

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  • "Dr. Graf the best. I just recently moved to California and I still fly back annually to see Dr. Graf."

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  • "If you are lucky enough to live in New York City, or close by, you can trust your life to Dr. Graf."

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  • "I have been seen by Dr. Graf for many years now and I would not go to any other doctor. Dr. Graf is a wonderful doctor and a genuinely kind hearted man."

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  • "The most thorough and genuinely concerned doctor I’ve ever been to. He cares about his patients and will do everything to try to pinpoint a problem and treat it"

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Location
Jeffrey Graf, MD
115 East 86th Street
Upper East Side

New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-328-6196
Fax: (212) 860-1946
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