Hypertension Specialist

Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke and death among men and women in the U.S. At her practice on the border of Little Italy and Chinatown in New York City, NY, Dr. Melissa Chan offers high blood pressure screening and treatment aimed at helping men and women lower their risks and enjoy better health.

Hypertension Q & A

by Melissa Chan, MD

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of force exerted against the vessel walls as blood circulates through the body. Pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Blood pressure measurements include two numbers, the systolic pressure (the first number) which measure the force of the blood in the vessels during a heartbeat, and diastolic pressure (the second number) which measures the force of the blood on the vessel walls between heartbeats. In most adults, blood pressures above 120/80 mmHg are considered to be higher than normal, with those above 130/90 mmHg considered to be hypertensive. This measurement can vary a little bit for older men and women and for some athletes. Having high blood pressure can increase the risks for several serious medical conditions including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, vision problems, and dementia. hypertension is more common among smokers, people who are overweight, older people and those with certain chronic medical conditions, as well as those who are physically inactive and those who eat foods high in unhealthy fats and salt (sodium).

How is High Blood Pressure Diagnosed?

High blood pressure is diagnosed with a simple test that uses a blood pressure cuff placed around the arm or ankle. As the cuff is inflated, sensitive sensors “pick up” and measure the beats produced by the blood as it flows through the vessels, both during heart beats and between beats.

What Symptoms Does High Blood Pressure Cause?

Hypertension usually causes no noticeable symptoms, which is why having routine blood pressure evaluations is so critically important for health, especially as we age and among people with certain chronic medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Many people won’t know they have hypertension until a heart attack or stroke occurs.

What Treatments are Available for Hypertension?

Patients with mildly elevated blood pressures (prehypertension) may be able to lower their blood pressure with lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, losing excess weight, being more physically active, and eating a diet high in fiber and low in unhealthy fats. Most people with high blood pressure will also need to take medications to ensure their pressure remains within healthy limits. Routine blood pressure checks are also an important part of making sure treatments remain optimized for the patient’s needs.

Accepted Insurances

Dr. Chan accepts the following insurances and several more. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Great West Health Care
Health First

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "One of the most professional MDs in the Little Italy/Chinatown area. She is understanding and takes her work very seriously."

    Rita C.
  • Yelp

    "I have referred several friends to her and they have all found her to be a very good doctor."

    J B.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Chan is very knowledgeable and accurate in her diagnoses. She has referred me to excellent specialists when necessary."

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Melissa Chan, MD
70 Bowery, Suite 505
Little Italy, Chinatown

New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-847-4934
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