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.

Dr.John Williamson
(775) 323-6700
343 Elm Street
Reno, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: St Marys Reg Medctr, Reno, Nv
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Christopher J Di Paolo, MD
(775) 688-8000
75 Pringle Way Ste 401
Reno, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1979

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Zev Lagstein
(702) 870-1026
3017 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Cardiology

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Dr.Carl Juneau
(775) 841-6700
2874 N Carson St # 120
Carson City, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ottawa, Fac Of Med, Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Mark Taylor, MD
(702) 290-2124
9148 Sapphire Point Ave
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: St Rose Dominican Hospital, Henderson, Nv; Summerlin Hospital Med Ctr, Las Vegas, Nv

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John Bradley Bedotto
(702) 733-8600
3201 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Kenneth Jayendra Shah, MD
(702) 616-0500
10001 S Eastern Ave Ste 206
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Tech De Santiago (Utesa), Esc De Med, Santiago
Graduation Year: 1986

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Arturo Estevan Marchand
(702) 450-1122
4275 South Burnham Street
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Cardiology

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Joe Chavez, MD
(775) 687-8570
704 W Nye Ln Ste 102
Carson City, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1989

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William Neal Evans, MD
(702) 732-1290
3006 S Maryland Pkwy Ste 690
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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