High Blood Pressure Specialist

Rita Koshinski, DO

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician located in Monterey, CA

Your blood pressure can be elevated for years and you may not know it. Dr. Rita Koshinski at Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, understands the health consequence of high blood pressure and provides both traditional and alternative treatments to help improve your numbers. If you’re seeking alternative treatments for blood pressure control, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?

Your blood pressure measures the force of your blood against your artery walls. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when that force is higher than normal, placing you at risk for life-threatening illnesses, such as a heart attack or stroke.

High blood pressure develops gradually over time and affects nearly 75 million adults in the United States.

What do my blood pressure numbers mean?

When Dr. Koshinski checks your blood pressure, she measures the pressure during the heartbeat, the top number (systolic pressure), and in between beats measures the bottom number (diastolic pressure).

  • Normal blood pressure: less than 120 mmHg/80 mmHg
  • Elevated blood pressure: 120 to 129 mmHg/80 mmHg
  • High blood pressure: greater than 130 mmHg/80 mmHg

It’s normal for your blood pressure to be elevated when visiting the doctor, and this is sometimes referred to as a white-coat syndrome. To get a better read on your blood pressure during your day-to-day activities, Dr. Koshinski may recommend checking your blood pressure with an at-home machine or using the blood pressure machine at your local pharmacy.

How can I improve my high blood pressure?

As a holistic primary care provider, Dr. Koshinski may recommend lifestyle changes to help improve your blood pressure. Losing as little as 10 pounds may have a significant impact on your blood pressure.

Dr. Koshinski may also recommend:

  • Healthy diet filled with foods rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and fiber
  • Regular exercise
  • Strategies to reduce stress, such as meditation or yoga
  • Supplements

If lifestyle changes alone don't improve your numbers, Dr. Koshinski may prescribe medications such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, diuretics, or calcium channel blockers.

What supplements help improve my blood pressure?

As a physician who seeks out alternative treatments to manage chronic illnesses, Dr. Koshinski may recommend supplements to help improve blood pressure, including:

  • Fish oil
  • Coenzyme Q-10
  • Garlic
  • L-arginine

Due to the potential for supplements to interact with medication, you shouldn’t add supplements to your routine without first consulting with Dr. Koshinski.

For blood pressure management, call Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.