Hypertension / High Blood Pressure Specialist

Matthew Levin, MD -  - Board Certified Family Practice Physician

Matthew Levin, MD

Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Greensburg, PA & Delmont, PA

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects 75 million adults in the United States, and it significantly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke – the first and third causes of death. Dr. Matthew Levin treats hypertension in patients of all ages living in the Delmont and Greensburg, Pennsylvania areas. This disease, which is often called the “silent killer” can affect children, too. To get your blood pressure checked, call or schedule an appointment using the online system.

Hypertension / High Blood Pressure Q & A

What causes hypertension?

Blood pressure measures the amount of blood your heart pumps plus the amount of resistance of the blood flowing through your arteries. When your arteries narrow with age, heredity, or as a result of a health condition, your heart has to pump harder to get your blood through your body. The harder your heart works and the narrower your arteries are, the higher your blood pressure is.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it usually has no warning signs. You may have high blood pressure and not even realize it. Any headaches, nosebleeds, or shortness of breath you experience as a result of hypertension usually occur when your blood pressure reaches a life-threatening stage, and by then, it’s often too late. You may experience a heart attack or stroke.

Hypertension usually develops over a period of many years, but if you have it checked on a regular basis, you increase your chances of preventing high blood pressure from becoming a life-threatening situation.

How often should I have my blood pressure checked?

After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to have Dr. Levin check your blood pressure at least once every two years. Or, if you have many risk factors for developing hypertension, he can check it every year. After the age of 40, even if you’re not at high risk, you should have your blood pressure checked yearly.

A blood pressure check is typically part of a routine physical for both adults and children. Even if you don’t typically schedule yearly medical checkups, you should consider it as a form of prevention for hypertension as well as maintaining your overall health.

Who is at risk for hypertension?

There are many risk factors that can lead to hypertension, including:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • High sodium intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Low potassium level
  • Low vitamin D
  • Stress
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Chronic kidney conditions
  • Pregnancy

Prevention is often the best medicine for hypertension, so schedule a physical exam with Dr. Levin to get yours checked. Call either the Delmont or Greensburg locations, or make an appointment online. If you know you already have hypertension, Dr. Levin works with you to develop an effective treatment plan to help lower your blood pressure.