Blood Pressure Specialist Mobile AL

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.

Walter H Johnson Jr, MD
(334) 433-0404
1855 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Capstone Medical Ctr

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Larkin Jeffrey Daniels
(251) 471-3544
1855 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Theresa Pryor Roca, MD
(251) 433-4700
1 Mobile Infirmary Cir
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1989

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John Everett Stone
(251) 471-3544
1855 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Ghulam Awan
(251) 470-5890
2451 Fillingim St
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Mark Andre Goncalves
(251) 471-3544
1855 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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John William Boyer
(251) 471-3544
1855 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Terry Chris Stelly
(251) 471-3544
1855 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Gerhard Arnold W Boehm, MD
(251) 479-8755
PO Box 7401
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1971

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Frank Martin Lester
(251) 435-1200
1700 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL
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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