Blood Pressure Specialist Hermiston OR

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.

Mary Athena Warner, MD
(207) 941-8300
Hermiston, OR
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1979

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Seshadri Balaji, MD
(503) 494-2192
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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Cameron Clarence Bangs, MD
(503) 655-5177
728 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1964
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Hospital: Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City, Or

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(503) 494-8750
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd UHN 62
Portland, OR
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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(503) 561-8550
885 Mission St
Salem, OR
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Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
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(503) 692-0405
19260 SW 65th Ave
Tualatin, OR
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Pacific Heart Associates PC
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Jeffrey B Mc Clure, MD
(541) 672-0319
PO Box 232
Winchester, OR
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1993

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David Edward Wu, MD
(503) 229-7554
2222 NW Lovejoy St Ste 606
Portland, OR
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1993

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(503) 665-4278
24900 Se Stark St
Gresham, OR
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(503) 494-8750
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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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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