Blood Pressure Specialist Scottsboro 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.

Guillermo Castro Dacumos
(205) 780-8980
817 Princeton Ave Sw
Birmingham, AL
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Jerry Wayne Chandler, MD
(205) 599-3500
880 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: Baptist Montclair Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates Pc

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Gerald Arthur Mc Mullen, MD
(256) 492-9924
1026 Goodyear Ave Ste 200
Gadsden, AL
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1979

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Antonio Jose Ballagas, MD
(850) 474-8513
1815 Hand Ave
Bay Minette, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972

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Anderson Morrow Morris, MD
(205) 877-9290
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr Ste 510
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates

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(205) 934-3460
620 20th Street South #320
Birmingham, AL
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Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
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Cardiologist
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Walter Hansford Watford
(205) 599-3500
880 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Darius Gerard Aliabadi, MD
(334) 793-5672
1118 Ross Clark Cir Ste 403
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
Group Practice: Hearts South

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Therese Marie Lango, MD
(256) 766-2118
541 W College St Ste 1100
Florence, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Female
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Este (Uce), Esc De Med, San Pedro De MacOris
Graduation Year: 1986
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Hospital: Helen Keller Hosp, Sheffield, Al; Shoals Hosp, Muscle Shoals, Al
Group Practice: Tennessee Valley Cardio Ctr

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Salpy V Pamboukian, MD
(205) 934-3438
THT 321 1900 University Blvd,
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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