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Medical Edge: Blood pressure program

Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 09:44 AM EST
MONTGOMERY, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- A man from Pierce Township says a new program with the Ohio Heart and Vascular Center at Christ Hospital has helped him get his blood pressure down when it appeared to only stay up.

Greg Senior was first diagnosed with high blood pressure when he was in his early 30's. "I remember I was building a log house at the time, and wasn't getting a lot of sleep, and my blood pressure started gong high, and that's when I first found out I had high blood pressure."

He also found out that after multiple medications and dozens of doctors visits, it simply wouldn't come down. "I had been to my primary care physician, my cardiologist, and finally they said we've put you on everything we can put you on, so we need to send you somewhere else, and that's how I ended up here."
Here is with Doctor John Szawaluk, a cardiologist who runs one of just a handful of resistant hypertension programs in the country. "Resistant hypertension is really defined as a blood pressure not under control, greater than 140 over 90, on at least three different medications."
Doctor Szawaluk's team was determined to find out what it would take  for senior to get his numbers down before he had a dangerous event. "It is the number on risk factor for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease, long periods of untreated hypertension accelerates the process."
What makes this program unique is its comprehensive approach, it looks at the patient, as a whole person, so not just your blood pressure numbers, but your weight, your kidney function, many of the things that can play a role in this resistant hypertension.
Sure enough, changes in seniors diet, his activity levels, medications and even a sleep study all added to potentially killer numbers coming way down. "It was up above, right around 200 on top, course that's not the real bad one, the bottom one was up to about 110//115  and  now it's down right about 80."
Stephani Gilardi is a nurse practitioner with this resistant hypertension program. She says senior is just one example of the average patient's success story. Traditionally in about four months the average patient will have blood pressure drop. "Twenty five to thirty eight on the top is what our stats are, and then 8 to 15 on the bottom, and honestly every patient we see is a success because we are figuring out why it is they are resistant to the medications, the diet, the weight loss."
Greg Senior shares his story so those living with resistant hypertension know you can conquer this silent killer, you just need a team that won't let you give up, when your numbers up.

If you'd like more information about this clinic you can call 1-866-242-5358 or click on the link. In most cases, care is covered by medical insurance plans.

Medical Edge: Blood pressure program

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