Blood Pressure Specialist Little Rock AR

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.

Allison Marie Shaw-DeVine
(501) 663-9000
1 Saint Vincent Cir
Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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James Dougl Holloway, MD
(501) 227-7596
9501 Lile Dr Ste 600
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Infirmary-Med Ctr, Little Rock, Ar; Baptist Rehab Institute, Little Rock, Ar
Group Practice: Arkansas Cardiology Clnc

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Rishi Sukhija, MD
(501) 686-6051
3802 Kavanaugh Blvd Apt 712
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Hasan Al-Masloom, MD
4301 W Markham Slot 713
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jim Bliss Norton, MD
(501) 224-9001
510 Brookside Dr Apt 16-17
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1963

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Benny Douglas Johnson, MD
(501) 664-9535
500 S University Ave Ste 211
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Infirmary-Med Ctr, Little Rock, Ar; Baptist Med Ctr, Little Rock, Ar

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James Lynn Davis
(501) 664-6841
415 N University Ave
Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Jeanne Wei, MD
(501) 603-1261
4301 W Markham St UAMS Slot 748
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1975

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Jawahar Lal Mehta, MD
(501) 296-1401
4301 W Markham St Slot 532
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Guru Nanak Dev Univ, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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Luis Garza, MD, FACC
(501) 603-1268
4301 W Markham St Slot 532
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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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