Blood Pressure Specialist Bettendorf IA

Not so long ago, you either had high blood pressure or you didn’t. Your blood pressure could even flirt with the high normal range without anyone getting overly worked up about it. The same held true for elevated-but'still-normal blood sugar levels.

Faraz Manazir, MD
4480 Utica Ridge Rd
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1988

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Peter John Sharis, MD
(563) 888-0322
25034 189th St
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1995

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Rupa Bontu
(563) 441-9100
4626 Progress Dr
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Edmund P Coyne Jr, MD
(319) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Genesis Med Ctr -East Campus, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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William John Witcik, MD
(319) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1986

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Kumar M L Bobba, MD
(309) 788-4590
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Nidal Harb, MD
(563) 324-2992
7000 Jersey Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: First Leningrad I P Pavlov Med Inst, St Petersburg, Russia
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr -North, Clinton, Ia; Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Nicolas W Shammas
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Sanjeev Puri, MD
350 John Deere Rd
Moline, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1987

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Nicholas Vito Augelli
(563) 421-3990
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Blood Pressure Concerns

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By James Keough

Not so long ago, you either had high blood pressure or you didn’t. Your blood pressure could even flirt with the high normal range without anyone getting overly worked up about it. The same held true for elevated-but-still-normal blood sugar levels. But all that changed over a 10-year period as the medical profession established new benchmarks and reclassified the old “normal” as “preconditions.”

For blood pressure, that happened in 2003. The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC-7) set guidelines for pre-hypertension by defining normal blood pressure as less than 120/80 and setting the optimal level at 115/75. That same year, the term pre-diabetes gained new meaning and considerable traction when then-Health Secretary Tommy Thompson used it to warn Americans of their high risk of developing diabetes. Ten years earlier a committee hosted by the World Health Organization had established bone mineral density readings as the new measure for osteoporosis and at the same time created a new precursor called osteopenia.

At first blush, the concept of preconditions makes perfect sense. If you have a disease like diabetes, then ipso facto, at some point prior to your diagnosis your blood sugar levels became pre-diabetic—not in the sense of “before” diabetes, but rather as in “leading up to” the disease. And theoretically, once you learned that, you and your doctor could take action to make those levels normal again and thus prevent the onset of the disease. And in an ideal—and perhaps less complicated—world that’s what would happen.

The value of a precondition
When asked about the value of reclassifying “high-normal blood pressure” as pre-hypertension, a doctor joked that previously the only thing his patients heard when he used the old term was “Hi, your blood pressure is normal.” For him—and for a good deal of the medical profession—the new precondition underscores the seriousness of the situation for patients. How bad is it? Studies show that compared to people who have normal blood pressure, those with pre-hypertension (120/80 to 139/89) have three and a half times the risk of heart attack and more than one and a half times the risk of coronary artery disease. Other studies have shown that starting at the new optimal level (115/75), the risk of heart attack doubles with each 20-point increase in systolic blood pressure (the top number) or 10-point increase in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number). Pre-hypertensives also face a vastly increased risk of developing high blood pressure. The Framingham Heart Study found that within four years of baseline testing, 39 to 53 percent of people with high-normal blood pressure (the top half of the current pre-hypertension range) progressed to stage 1 hypertension.

These are not good odds—and they get worse the older you are when first diagnosed with pre-hypertension and the longer you ...

Author: James Keough

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