‘The Exam Room’ Takes on Hypertension

The causes, symptoms and treatment of hypertension were the focus of this month’s “The Exam Room.” TTUHSC El Paso assistant professor Mahesh Gajendran, M.D., M.P.H., answered viewers’ questions during the Facebook Live session.

During the broadcast on Wednesday, Jan. 23, Dr. Gajendran discussed ways to reduce high blood pressure through lifestyle changes and medication. Among a variety of topics, viewers asked if stress raises blood pressure (yes) and whether it was preferable to lower blood pressure through exercise versus medication (yes).

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is defined as a significant increase in blood pressure in the arteries above 130/80 mmHg. Hypertension is the leading cause of stroke and a major cause of heart attacks. The risk for hypertension increases with obesity, diabetes, high salt intake, high stress levels, high alcohol intake and tobacco use. According to the CDC, nearly one in three adults have hypertension, with only half of these individuals having their condition under control. According to Healthy Paso Del Norte, more than 50 percent of El Pasoans on Medicare have hypertension.

After his residency, Dr. Gajendran joined the UPMC faculty and spent six years working as an academic hospitalist. As a physician at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso at Transmountain, Dr. Gajendran provides the full scope of wellness care and specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all adult diseases.

Watch  a recap of The Exam Room below: