High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Specialist
Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it. Having routine medical exams at West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, allows Dr. Karen Thampoe to check and monitor your blood pressure to ensure it stays in a healthy range. If you experience problems with your blood pressure level, Dr. Thampoe offers effective solutions to keep it under control. Schedule an examination online or by calling the office for more information.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

West Houston Internal Medicine Associates, LLC

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition where the force of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high. High blood pressure can lead to other serious medical conditions, including heart disease.

When measuring your blood pressure, Dr. Thampoe relies on two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure: the upper number that measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart is pumping blood
  • Diastolic pressure: the lower number that measures the pressure in your arteries between heartbeats


If your heart is pumping blood into narrow arteries, the pressure on the arterial walls increases and registers as high blood pressure.

What causes high blood pressure?

Dr. Thampoe classifies high blood pressure as either primary or secondary. In primary hypertension, high blood pressure develops gradually over time with no specific cause. In secondary hypertension, you may have an underlying medical condition that affects your blood pressure. These conditions may include:

  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Sleep apnea
  • Birth defects


High blood pressure can also result from taking certain medications or illegal drugs, or from chronic alcohol use.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Many doctors refer to high blood pressure as the “silent killer” because it often doesn’t show any symptoms. It’s possible to have high blood pressure for many years before damage to your vessels and heart becomes apparent.

If symptoms do present, you may experience:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath


If these symptoms occur, your blood pressure may already be at a life-threatening level and it’s vital to seek emergency medical attention.

Through regular blood pressure testing, Dr. Thampoe can monitor your health and identify blood pressure problems early for effective treatment.

What treatments are available for high blood pressure?

Dr. Thampoe offers a variety of treatments to help you manage high blood pressure. She may recommend lifestyle changes that include increasing your physical activity through regular exercise and improving the nutrition in your diet.

If you have chronically high blood pressure, Dr. Thampoe may prescribe medications that improve the flow of blood through your vessels. She also regularly monitors your blood pressure to prevent additional medical problems such as heart disease and blood vessel damage.

Schedule a high blood pressure screening online or by phone.

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