Blood Pressure Specialist Taylorville IL

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.

Rick L Jobski, MD
(847) 253-8050
1632 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
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Northwest Heart Specialtists SC
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Cardiology

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Lokesh Chandra
(773) 731-7667
10718 S Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Danilo Deano, MD
(773) 989-1099
2222 W Division St Ste 300
Chicago, IL
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1967

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Thomas Martin Tamlyn, MD
(312) 567-2447
12th Floor Cardiovascular 2525 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1998

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Mohamed S Dahodwala, MD
(773) 284-1234
6441 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1979

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(630) 852-0230
4121 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL
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Midwest Cardiac Consultants
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Cardiology

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Erling Osborne Harry, MD
(708) 824-4474
69 Graymoor Ln
Olympia Fields, IL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of West Indies, Fac Med Sci, Kingston, Jamaica (566-01 Eff 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1968
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Hospital: St James Hosp And Health Ctr -, Olympia Flds, Il
Group Practice: Heart Care Centers Of Illinois

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Pratap Chandra Kumar, MD
(708) 218-0504
Apt 3 West 1122 Randolph St
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1961

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Khaled Dajani
(309) 691-4410
5405 N Knoxville Ave
Peoria, IL
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Mauro Maria Paes, MD
365 Aaron Ln
Bolingbrook, IL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Goa Med Coll, Goa Univ, Panaji, Daman & Diu, Goa, India
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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