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How to coach patients to help them be successful in blood pressure management?

How to coach patients to help them be successful in blood pressure management?  Research shows that in one-year only 50% of patients take their blood pressure medication as prescribed. One of my roles as a physician is to coach and … Continue reading

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You need to know your blood pressure. Here’s why…

Higher blood pressures throughout young adulthood strongly predicted subclinical atherosclerosis during middle age. This was a study done over 25 years and it followed participant’s blood pressure and cardiovascular events. The findings show that what happens in early adulthood DOES … Continue reading

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Five health numbers YOU should know!

New Years’ Resolutions are still on our minds and a common resolution is to be healthier.  At times it feels like managing our health is a numbers game: watching our weight, counting calories, tracking exercise regimens.  Below are five numbers … Continue reading

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How many blood pressure readings are needed to accurately diagnose high blood pressure?

Answer:  Several.  The blood pressure measurements should be taken over time.  Your doctor will want the individual blood pressures, but may also average them to get your “true” blood pressure.  Use of a single blood pressure to determine whether blood … Continue reading

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Are you young with high blood pressure?

A common belief is that high blood pressure is only important to people as they get older.  We each have an age in our head that we think that we are young (!) … and do not need medicine like … Continue reading

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Blood pressure, a “high score” is not good.

I wish high blood pressure caused pain.  Not much pain, just enough to compel patients to seek help and to be compliant with medication. Diagnosis: For children BP is checked on a chart by gender, age and height.  Childhood obesity is rampant, so I … Continue reading

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