Blood Pressure Specialist Mabank TX

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.

Imad Alwan, MD
(903) 675-2288
120 Waverly Way
Athens, TX
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1990

Data Provided by:
Dr.John Isaac
(281) 890-4848
6560 Fannin St # 620
Houston, TX
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1994
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

Data Provided by:
Roberto Luis Villarreal
(956) 717-5974
6553 Metro Ct
Laredo, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

Data Provided by:
Tanveer A Qureshi
(940) 566-2358
3304 Colorado Blvd Ste 101
Denton, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Niranjan Kumar Mittal, MD
(214) 456-8025
1935 Motor St
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
Charles Roeth, MD
(210) 615-1366
4330 Medical Dr
San Antonio, TX
Business
William Craig MD
Specialties
Cardiology

Data Provided by:
Gary A Barkocy, DO
(972) 296-0845
3450 W Wheatland Rd Ste 240
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1994

Data Provided by:
Stuart Lowell Solomon
(713) 790-0841
6400 Fannin St
Houston, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Ediberto Sota-Cora
(915) 591-7495
1139 Caper Rd
El Paso, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Stanislav Weiner
(903) 595-5514
619 S Fleishel Ave
Tyler, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Blood Pressure Concerns

Provided by: 

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

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...