Blood Pressure Specialist Newberry SC

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.

Erol Lale, MD
(920) 496-8877
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Westfalische Wilhelms-Univ, Med Fak, Munster, Ger (407-24 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1992

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Thomas Mc Coy Pritchard, MD
(864) 227-6818
1132 Spring St
Greenwood, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1983

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Derek R Thomas
(803) 773-1379
213 W Hampton Ave
Sumter, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Charles West Jacocks IV, MD
(803) 778-1941
500 Physicians Ln
Sumter, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1986

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Rafael Villavicencio, MD
PO Box 250915
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1996

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Joe Ellis Gaddy Jr, MD
(336) 718-0113
67 Latitude Ln
Mount Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Forsyth Mem Hosp, Winston Salem, Nc
Group Practice: Forsyth Cardiology Assoc

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Lanneau D Lide
(803) 254-3278
2001 Laurel St
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Jon M Bittrick
(864) 235-7665
1005 Grove Rd
Greenville, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Nathan F Bradford
(864) 225-7798
500 N Fant St
Anderson, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Kelly Kathleen Gajewski
(843) 792-1414
171 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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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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