Millions of Americans suffer from the chronic, but treatable, condition known as high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attacks and strokes. If you feel your blood pressure may be high, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia G. Gao. She provides quality, preventive care to patients at her private practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Because high blood pressure is often asymptomatic, you usually don’t feel it. To figure out if you have high blood pressure, schedule a visit with Dr. Gao. Patients experiencing extremely high blood pressure sometimes have uncommonly severe headaches, difficulty breathing, poor exercise tolerance, and chest pain. If you’re suffering any of these signs, seek treatment as quickly as possible.
During a physical exam, Dr. Gao can check your blood pressure with a type of equipment known as a sphygmomanometer. A sphygmomanometer consists of a stethoscope, arm cuff, dial, valve, and pump. Your blood pressure levels are measured in millimeters of mercury. Digital blood pressure monitors provide electronic blood pressure readings. Your findings are recorded as systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure represents the higher pressure when your heart is contracting. Diastolic pressure signifies the lower pressure when your heart is relaxed.
Being overweight can increase your odds of developing high blood pressure. Fortunately, losing even a small amount of weight can make a huge impact in helping to prevent and treat this common condition.
To effectively treat high blood pressure, following a healthy diet, managing portion sizes, and exercising regularly is essential. If your blood pressure is high, Dr. Gao may recommend you follow the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. Men suffering from hypertension are advised to limit their alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks per day. Both women and people aged 65 and older are encouraged to drink no more than 1 alcoholic beverage each day.
If you struggle with portion control, consider starting a food journal. Writing down the foods and beverages you consume every day can highlight areas where you need to improve. Strive to do some form of moderate exercise on most days of the week. Running a marathon isn’t required. Simply taking a stroll around your neighborhood can get your heart pumping and help you decrease your blood pressure levels. In addition to making lifestyle changes, taking medications can help you control your blood pressure levels. To ensure good control of your blood pressure, Dr. Gao may suggest medication treatments, lab tests, and frequent follow up visits.
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"Thorough, listens, takes appropriate time and attention. I searched a very long time for an exceptional primary care physician... Well worth the search!"
"Dr. Gao and her physician's assistant create a courteous, professional atmosphere... We recommend her to anyone seeking personalized, competent medical treatment."
"Went in to have Taylor draw a blood sample for analysis. It was quick and Taylor is excellent... and fun to talk to. I am not sure I even felt the needle."
"With Dr. Gao and her clinic staff's close monitoring and follow up on my health... I lost 45 pounds. I feel great."
"She has a very kind demeanor and takes time to listen. She treats the "whole person". She is quick to see me in an emergency. Also her staff is excellent!"
"I am so glad that my wife recommended Dr. Gao. I look forward to her and her staff providing for my health needs. Very pleasant."
"Taylor knows how to draw blood! That is such a plus in my book! She is kind, willing always helpful and gets the job done. She is an asset to Dr Gao's practice."
"Staff was very friendly and kind, Dr. Gao was as well. She was patient while i explained my symptoms and was very insightful; definitely would recommend!"
"Another outstanding visit. Dr. Gao has been a lifesaver for me and my wife for many years."
"Dr. Gao is very kind and insightful. She took the time to talk to me about any and all concerns I had. I would definitely recommend others to her."
"Easy to get an appointment for my preoperative procedures. Taylor and Dr. Gao are great! Great bedside manner, kind and caring."
"I just had out-patient surgery at Dr. Gao's office to have a cyst removed. Dr. Gao was very professional as well as her assistant. I felt no discomfort at all."
"Clean office, friendly staff, hardly any waiting time, Doctor was attentive and thorough. Look forward to my follow up!"
"For those of you who are seeking medical care that provides patient priority services this is the place to go!"
"Dr. Gao is the best Dr I've ever gone to. Her experience and professionalism is amazing. I would never go to any other doctor."
"Dr. Gao is thorough, attentive, with an excellent patient awareness that relaxes patients receiving treatment or involved in problem diagnosis."
"I always have a good experience when I have an appointment with Dr Gao. She is always pleasant, listens to me, and most of all she is a very caring doctor."
"Great service always provided by office personnel. When needed, an appointment is always available... always a pleasant and informative visit with Dr. Gao."
"My visit was handled efficiently and thoroughly by Dr. Gao and her assistant."
"Dr. Gao has always shown sincere concern for me and my family and gives us all the best treatment and counseling. I am blessed to have her as our primary care provider."
"I have been with Dr. Gao for 13+ years. She is a patient and caring doctor who will listen to your concerns and take action."