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Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a common condition that affects millions of Americans each year. It’s a silent disease with virtually no symptoms, but can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. At Unison, high blood pressure doctor Jacobs treats this condition with a proven holistic approach – reducing your blood pressure levels, restoring your optimal health, and preventing complications from developing.

I don’t like taking medications and want to know all my options before starting a treatment. While other doctors have dismissed my preferences, Dr. Jacobs understood. He even educated me on various non-drug options I could take to help with my condition. He understood the importance of my mind-body connection and has really helped me on my health journey.

– G.P.

What causes high blood pressure

There are two distinct types of high blood pressure. With primary hypertension, the condition develops slowly over time without a single, identifiable cause. Conversely, secondary hypertension emerges suddenly and is caused by an underlying condition, such as kidney issues, thyroid disease, tumors on the adrenal gland, sleep apnea, congenital factors, medications, illegal drugs and alcohol abuse.

Regardless of the cause, most of our Los Angeles patients with high blood pressure don’t display any symptoms, even when their levels are extremely high. When signs like shortness of breath, nosebleeds and headaches do appear, they typically emerge once the disease has progressed to a more severe stage. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, heart failure and a number of other serious health complications, so it’s critical that you treat and manage your condition proactively.

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A holistic approach to treating high blood pressure

When treating high blood pressure for our Los Angeles patients, our goal is to get your blood pressure levels down and improve your overall health. To accomplish these objectives, we will focus on identifying the cause of your condition, resolving the underlying issue and getting you back on the path to optimal wellness.

To that end, we will begin by running a series of diagnostic tests to determine exactly what’s causing your blood pressure to elevate. Once we’ve identified the cause, we’ll prescribe a treatment regimen that addresses the underlying issue and gets your hypertension under control. In many cases, we will begin with a custom blend of lifestyle changes, including a new diet, various supplements, and an exercise program in addition to stress reduction techniques such as yoga and Tai Chi – as these are all proven to have a positive impact on high blood pressure.

There are a number of herbs and supplements that can lower your levels without medication, allowing us to treat your condition in the most natural and holistic way possible. For patients who also require conventional medication to get their hypertension under control, we will prescribe traditional medicines, including diuretics, beta blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.

Throughout your entire treatment experience, you can be assured that Dr. Jacobs will be there for you as both a partner and a friend. He will listen closely to your preferences regarding your treatments, and outline a plan that not only gets your condition under control, but also works for you. The result will be a manageable regimen that fits into your lifestyle – one that can keep you healthy for the long-term.


Unison Medicine offers patients a unique and highly effective combination of traditional western and alternative care treatments for hypertension and many other conditions.

Dr. Shahram Jacobs is a hypertension specialist and award-winning primary care physician practising in the United States. Located in Sherman Oaks, Unison Medicine offers multiple treatment options to provide symptom relief and address the root cause of hypertension problems.

All western and alternative treatments are delivered in a highly personalised treatment plan that supports the body’s own ability to heal. As a patient of Dr. Jacobs, you will benefit from valuable information about how applying diet, lifestyle and activity changes can benefit your health and receive the latest pharmaceutical treatments for hypertension if deemed necessary.


Q: How is blood pressure measured?

A: High blood pressure is measured using a blood pressure monitor. Systolic blood pressure is the force applied to artery walls by the blood (the top number). Diastolic blood pressure is the force of blood between each heartbeat (the bottom number). 

Q: How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

A: The American Society of Hypertension categorizes the stages of high blood pressure as follows:

Normal blood pressure - less than 130 systolic and 80 or less diastolic

Elevated blood pressure - 130-139 systolic and 90 or less diastolic

Stage 1 Hypertension - 140-149 systolic and 90-95 diastolic

Stage 2 Hypertension - 150 or greater systolic and 95 or greater diastolic

Q: What diseases are associated with high blood pressure?

A:  High blood pressure can contribute to atherosclerosis. This artery disease is characterized by the buildup of plaque inside blood vessel walls. Other complications include but are not limited to various types of heart disease, eye disease, stroke and kidney disease. 

Q: What are some common side effects of pharmaceutical blood pressure drugs?

A: Some of the common side effects of these drugs include dizziness, weakness, headaches, nausea, erectile dysfunction, and constipation.

Q: Is it possible to manage hypertension through diet?

A: Yes; some of the foods that can correct hypertension include vegetables and fruits, whole grains, poultry, and a low-sodium diet.

Q: Does physical activity benefit hypertension?

A: Absolutely! Aim to incorporate regular exercise in your diet, as well as stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga and Tai Chi.

Q: When is it a good idea to see an internal medicine doctor for hypertension?

A:  You may need further treatment for high blood pressure if you’re on medication but are not responding to it. You may also need to call your doctor if you’re experiencing common symptoms of high blood pressure such as headaches, blurred vision, or chest pain even if you have not been diagnosed.  

As a Unison Medicine patient, you will enjoy a better treatment outcome, as well as restored balance and optimal wellness. If you are concerned that you may need further treatment for high blood pressure, you will be relieved to know that Dr. Jacobs can help; contact us by calling 818-981-1555 or filling out our contact form.


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