Blood Pressure Specialist Chesterfield VA

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.

Bethany L Denlinger, MD
(804) 447-2898
8443 Kintail Dr
Chesterfield, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Med College Of Virginia Hosps, Richmond, Va

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Satish Kumar Pathak, MD
(804) 526-0682
9519 Owl Trace Dr
Chesterfield, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1990

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Joe Mobley, MD
(804) 608-8037
8437 Hillcreek Dr
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.Mark Johns
(804) 560-8785
13572 Waterford Place
Midlothian, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Shaival Kapadia
(804) 323-1804
13700 St Francis Blvd # 600
Midlothian, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1989
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Hsing-Wu Lin, MD
(804) 526-0652
PO Box 1656
Chesterfield, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Taipei Med Coll, Taipei, Taiwan (244-04 Eff 1/1971)
Graduation Year: 1967

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Jiho Joseph Han, MD
(804) 458-1740
8800 Whistling Swan Rd
Chesterfield, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Med College Of Virginia Hosps, Richmond, Va; John Randolph Hospital, Hopewell, Va
Group Practice: Virginia Cardiovascular Spclst

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Kevin M J Harvey, MD
(804) 739-4420
5306 Beechwood Point Ct
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Family Practice, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Chippenham & Johnston-Willis H, Richmond, Va; Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Physicians Of Family Medicine

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Alston Wilcox Blount, MD
(804) 288-3123
720 Farnham Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours St Mary Hosp, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates

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Jerry W Pratt, MD, FACC
(804) 675-5403
14767 Rolling Spring Dr
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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