Blood Pressure Specialist Richmond 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.

Mayank Kanchanlal Parikh, MD
(281) 762-9929
1601 Main St
Richmond, TX
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hermann Hosp System, Houston, Tx; Memorial Hospital System, Houston, Tx; Polly Ryon Hospital Authority, Richmond, Tx
Group Practice: Fort Bend Cardiology

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Chris Xiaoguang Chen
(281) 313-0288
1111 Highway 6 South
Sugar Land, TX
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Sherman Y Tang
(281) 491-6808
3527 Town Center Blvd South
Sugar Land, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Sherman Y Tang, MD
(281) 491-6808
3527 Town Center Blvd S
Sugar Land, TX
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: China Med Coll, Taichung, Taiwan (385-05 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1982

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Bala N Aiyer, MD
(713) 771-1149
3350 Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1961

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Mayank K Parikh
(281) 762-9929
1601 Main St
Richmond, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Satheesha S Kumar, MD
(713) 652-3025
9 Regent Ct
Sugar Land, TX
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mysore Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Christus St Joseph Hosp, Houston, Tx
Group Practice: Cardiology Associates

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Kota Jagdish Reddy
(281) 491-0044
3519 Town Center Blvd S
Sugarland, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Toussaint Smith
(281) 491-6808
3527 Town Center Blvd South
Sugar Land, TX
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Mahdi Saleh Al Bassam, MD
(281) 313-6300
14815A Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish, Arabic, Other
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hosp -Memorial City, Houston, Tx; Memorial Hospital System, Houston, Tx; Fort Bend Med Ctr, Missouri City, Tx; Methodist Health Center, Sugar Land, Tx
Group Practice: Cardio Vascular Medicine

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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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