Blood Pressure Specialist Lake Orion MI

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.

Sharath S Chandra, MD
(248) 693-9522
1261 S Lapeer Rd Ste 101
Lake Orion, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr -New Hampton, New Hampton, Ia; Crittenton Hosp, Rochester Hls, Mi
Group Practice: Cardiology & Vascular Assoc

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David Alan Brill, MD
(810) 664-4870
5292 Ridge Trl N
Clarkston, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1983

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Brian Dale Williamson, MD
(248) 267-5050
960 Lake Angelus Shrs
Lake Angelus, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1986

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Salvatore Don Gillette
(248) 338-5000
50 N Perry St
Pontiac, MI
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Zakwan Mahjoub, MD
(248) 582-1480
3496 Heron Ridge Dr
Rochester Hills, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Aleppo, Fac Of Med, Aleppo, Syria
Graduation Year: 1987

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Matthew W Ebinger, DO
(313) 745-2620
3787 Acorn Ct
Oakland, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1997

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George S Predeteanu, MD
(248) 922-3839
6567 Greene Haven Dr
Clarkston, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1984

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Pierre Chafic Atallah, MD
(248) 650-9200
PO Box 82177
Rochester, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Joseph'S Univ, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Crittenton Hosp, Rochester Hls, Mi
Group Practice: Atallah Heart Ctr

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Gopal Reddy, MD
(248) 651-8888
1460 Walton Blvd Ste 200B
Rochester Hills, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sri Venkatesvara Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Tirupati, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Frank Anthony Bagnasco, MD
(248) 335-8170
44555 Woodward Ave Ste 507
Pontiac, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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