High Blood Pressure

BMI- Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Vishnu Subramani, M.D.

Bariatric Medicine & Internal Medicine Physician located in Cape Girardeau, MO & Sikeston, MO

High blood pressure affects half of all adults, but your risk soars if you’re overweight because blood pressure rises in proportion with increasing body weight. Vishnu Subramani, MD, at BMI- Bariatric & Metabolic Institute offers comprehensive care for high blood pressure, including customized weight loss management that helps blood pressure return to a healthy range. To get ongoing care for high blood pressure, call one of the offices in Cape Girardeau or Sikeston, Missouri, or schedule an appointment online today.

High Blood Pressure Q & A

What causes high blood pressure?

Blood pressure, the force of blood pushing against the artery walls, rises and falls in response to many variables. For example, your total blood volume, the amount of water and salt you consume, and the overall health of your heart and arteries can all affect your blood pressure.

When your blood pressure stays high, it could be due to an underlying health condition such as kidney disease or obstructive sleep apnea.

But high blood pressure most often develops from:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having high cholesterol levels
  • Leading an inactive lifestyle
  • Consuming too much salt
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Persistent daily stress

Being overweight makes your heart work harder, which boosts blood pressure.

Does high blood pressure cause health complications?

High blood pressure causes several serious health concerns. Untreated high blood pressure damages the artery walls. These damaged areas create a space where fatty plaque accumulates, causing a condition called atherosclerosis.

As atherosclerosis enlarges, it causes:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Chronic kidney disease

These conditions increase your risk of suffering a stroke, heart attack, or pulmonary embolism.

What symptoms develop if I have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure doesn’t cause symptoms. For many patients, the first sign of a problem occurs when atherosclerosis results in a heart attack or stroke.

How is high blood pressure treated?

Dr. Subramani takes a comprehensive approach to treating high blood pressure. Your treatment plan may include:

Lifestyle changes

High blood pressure primarily develops from lifestyle factors. That means changing your lifestyle can prevent high blood pressure or lower it once the condition develops.

Dr. Subramani performs cutting-edge diagnostic tests that precisely target your metabolic, genetic, hormonal, and weight loss needs. Then he develops a lifestyle plan that includes options such as:

  • Weight loss management
  • Medical weight loss
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Diet plans
  • Exercise regimen
  • Smoking Cessation

Losing weight is one of the most important steps you can take for lowering your blood pressure.


If lifestyle factors don’t get your blood pressure back to normal or your blood pressure is dangerously high, Dr. Subramani prescribes medications.

Treating underlying conditions

You can also count on Dr. Subramani to treat other conditions that often occur in people with high blood pressure, such as diabetes and high cholesterol.

If you need blood pressure screening or management, call BMI- Bariatric & Metabolic Institute or schedule an appointment online today.