Blood Pressure Specialist Pierre SD

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.

Paul E Meyer
(605) 977-5000
4520 W 69th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Kevin James Vaska, MD
(605) 357-1362
3562 S Spencer Blvd
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Royal C Johnson Vets Mem Hosp, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: University Physicians Heart

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David Allen Nagelhout, MD
(605) 977-5000
4520 W 69th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1983

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Joseph L Tuma
(605) 399-4300
4150 5th St
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Robert Cochran Talley, MD
(605) 357-1309
Health Science Center 1400 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1962

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Marian Petrasko, MD
(605) 328-2929
PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Charles Univ V Praze, Fac Gen Med, Praha, Czechoslovakia
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok; Muskogee Reg Medctr, Muskogee, Ok
Group Practice: Muskogee Heart Ctr Inc

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Jerry Lee Moench, MD
(605) 977-5000
4520 W 69th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979

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Mark David Fausch, MD
(605) 977-5000
4520 W 69th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979

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Alexander M Schabauer, MD
(605) 399-4300
725 Meade St
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1989

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Maria Stys
(605) 328-2929
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialty
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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