Blood Pressure Specialist Walker LA

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.

Charles Allen Thompson, MD
(225) 753-8686
17050 Medical Center Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Our Lady Of Lake Regional Med, Baton Rouge, La; Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge, La
Group Practice: Louisiana Cardiology Assoc

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Iqbal Ahmad
(225) 926-7200
16777 Medical Center Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Cardiology

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Gerald S Berenson, MD
(504) 585-7197
12901 Jefferson Hwy Apt 212
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1945
Hospital
Hospital: Tulane Univ Hosp And Clinics, New Orleans, La; Southeast Louisiana Hosp, Mandeville, La
Group Practice: Tulane Pediatric Cardiology

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Cordel Parris, MD
10842 Effringham Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Freddy Michel Abi Samra, MD
(504) 842-4036
9001 Summa Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1979

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Jay Lynn Hollman, MD
(225) 761-5370
4412 Lake Lawford Ct
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1975

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Iqbal Ahmad, MD
(225) 926-7200
16777 Medical Center Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1966

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Larry James Hebert, MD
(225) 335-2662
13203 Berwick Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1959

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Bryan James Bienvenu
(225) 767-1311
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Thomas Perdue Quaid, MD
(504) 381-6544
8595 Picardy Ave Ste 310
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Baton Rouge Gen Med Ctr, Baton Rouge, La
Group Practice: Louisiana Cardiology Assoc

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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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