Blood Pressure Specialist Elkton MD

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.

Vivek Kumar Varma
(410) 620-4920
206 South Street
Elkton, MD
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Edgar E Folk III, MD
(410) 398-1196
Elkton, MD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1950
Hospital
Hospital: North Arundel Hospital, Glen Burnie, Md

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Michael E Stillabower, MD
(302) 366-1929
252 Chapman Rd Ste 100
Newark, DE
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De; Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Cardiology Consultants

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James Murphy Ritter, MD
(302) 366-1929
252 Chapman Rd Ste 150
Newark, DE
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Cardiology Consultants

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Irena Olga Stolar
(302) 453-0500
320 Christiana Medical Ctr
Newark, DE
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Christopher H Wendel
(410) 398-8992
111 W High St Ste 202
Elkton, MD
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Vivek Kumar Varma, MD
206 South St
Elkton, MD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1985

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Mark Zweben
(302) 834-7676
2600 Glasgow Ave
Newark, DE
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Vincent Marmo
(302) 834-7676
2600 Glasgow Ave
Newark, DE
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Irena Olga Stolar, MD
(302) 453-0500
320 Christiana Medical Ctr
Christiana, DE
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De; Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De

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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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