Blood Pressure Specialist Calhoun GA

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.

Ezad Niaz Ahmad, MD
(706) 272-0272
1107 Memorial Dr Ste 102
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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John H Poehlman
(706) 226-3434
1436 Broadrick Dr
Dalton, GA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gary Wayne Olson, MD
(706) 226-3434
1436 Broadrick Dr Ste B
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Hamilton Med Ctr, Dalton, Ga; Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: Dalton Cardiology

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Dr.Gary Olson
(706) 226-3434
1436 Broadrick Dr # B
Dalton, GA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: Hamilton Med Ctr, Dalton, Ga
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Edward Dyckman, MD
(706) 279-9260
1421 Ross Dr
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1967

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Stephen Gerard Rohn, MD
(706) 226-3434
1436 Broadrick Dr
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1989

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Philip Bates Bailey, MD
(706) 278-6884
1243 Broadrick Dr
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972

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Rajiv Verma, MD
(706) 695-1307
2000 Chatham
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Murray Med Ctr, Chatsworth, Ga; Hamilton Med Ctr, Dalton, Ga
Group Practice: Comprehensive Care

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John Albert Williams, MD
(706) 278-2700
1506 Professional Ct
Dalton, GA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1979

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Ezad N Ahmad
(706) 272-0272
1411 Chattanooga Ave
Dalton, GA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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