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.

Pamela Alice Ivey, MD
(702) 731-8224
52 Quail Run Rd
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1994

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Anjum Ismail, MD
(702) 765-5780
1090 E Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1988

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Thomas S Davee
(775) 323-6700
343 Elm St
Reno, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Richard Chen
(702) 796-7150
3121 S Maryland Pkwy #220
Las Vegas, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr
Year of Graduation: 1993
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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Tanvir Ahmad, MD
(702) 366-9522
2650 N Tenaya Way Ste 280
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Dr.Anjum Ismail
(701) 616-0091
10001 South Eastern Avenue #403
Henderson, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Rachel K Chaney
(775) 323-6700
343 Elm St
Reno, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Stephen Portz
(702) 733-8600
3201 S Maryland Pkwy # 502
Las Vegas, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Robert P Croke
(702) 407-0110
10001 S Eastern St
Henderson, NV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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William Harry Resh, MD
(702) 524-0343
2017 Troon Dr
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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