Blood Pressure Specialist Winnemucca NV

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.

Lloyd Charles McDonald, MD
1740 Lantana Dr
Minden, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1956

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Nicholas Tselikis, MD
(702) 243-5361
700 Shadow Ln Ste 240
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Valley Hosp Med Ctr, Las Vegas, Nv
Group Practice: Nevada Heart & Vascular Center

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Gary David More, MD
(702) 566-4278
108 E Lake Mead Pkwy Ste 302
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Bologna, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Bologna, Italy
Graduation Year: 1978

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William N Evans
(702) 732-1290
3006 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Stephen Michael Tann
(775) 841-6700
2874 N Carson St
Carson City, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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John Jonglim Lee, MD
(702) 240-6482
3150 N Tenaya Way Ste 550
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Scott Williamson, MD
(775) 323-6700
343 Elm St Ste 400
Reno, NV
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Reg Medctr, Reno, Nv; Carson Tahoe Hosp, Carson City, Nv
Group Practice: Reno Heart Physicians; Reno Heart Physicians Med Ctr Plaza

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David Michael Baker, MD
433 Socorro Ct
Reno, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1995

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Suhattai Gamnerdsiri, MD
(702) 796-7150
7135 W Sahara Ave Ste 202
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1991

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Cres P Miranda
(702) 240-6482
7455 W Washington Avenue
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, 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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