Blood Pressure Specialist Lithonia 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.

William A Cooper, MD
(404) 686-2513
550 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA
Business
Emory Healthcare Inc
Specialties
Cardiology

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Harry Robert Foster Jr, MD
(770) 482-8887
7660 Covington Hwy
Lithonia, GA
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Rockdale Hosp, Conyers, Ga; Childrens Healthcare Of Atlant, Atlanta, Ga
Group Practice: Dr Harry R Foster Jr Pa

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Muthayyah Srinivasan
(770) 322-8881
5255 Snapfinger Park Dr
Decatur, GA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Adam Gordon Brandau, MD
(404) 296-1256
2360 Spencers Way
Stone Mountain, GA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1964

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M Virginia Tuggle, MD
(404) 289-5101
1336 Columbia Dr Ste A
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1949
Hospital
Hospital: Dekalb Med Ctr, Decatur, Ga

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David Wagner Jones, MD
(323) 669-2122
5440 Hillandale Dr
Lithonia, GA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1978

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Harry Robert Foster, MD
(770) 482-8887
7660 Covington Hwy
Lithonia, GA
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1955

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Albert J Tuboku Metzger, MD
(404) 256-2593
5877 Southland Dr
Stone Mountain, GA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1967

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Jeffrey Edward Smith
(770) 483-9330
1380 Milstead Ave Ne
Conyers, GA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Azizul Hoque
(770) 785-7112
1400 Wellbrook Cir Ne
Conyers, 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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