May Is High Blood Pressure Education Month

The AMA this week featured an article reminding us that we can prevent 1 of 3 deaths from cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America.

Awareness of hypertension (high blood pressure) is important for reducing mortality from stroke, kidney disease and other vascular events (like heart attack and abdominal aortic rupture). Home blood pressure monitors are very affordable.

Treating or looking at just office or hospital blood pressures can be very misleading. People often show artificially high blood pressures in these settings and can easily get over medicated if that is the only information your doctor or health provider has.

Rather than waiting for a medical evaluation or event to record your blood pressure, I would recommend investing in a good digital arm unit and record your morning blood pressure from time to time. Hypertension is not diagnosed with a single measurement, rather monitoring for trends and averages is how a doctor decides to treat elevated blood pressure. In general resting morning blood pressures should be under 140/90.

The Million Hearts program features an award winning mobile app from the famous Marshfield Clinic that can be downloaded for free to help you monitor and record your blood pressure. Patients in my practice can also download and report their recorded blood pressures using our e-portal access link. As I am often heard counseling my patients- “a chance to measure is a chance to improve”.

About thedoctorsreport

Dr. Kordonowy is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been in private practice since 1993. His group practice is in Fort Myers, Florida. His website is: www.drkordonowy.com. He earned his degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas and completed his residency as Chief Resident at Orlando Regional Hospital System. As Chief Resident, Dr. Kordonowy was recognized as the Outstanding Resident by the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. In December 2005, Dr. Kordonowy became Board Certified in the new field of Clinical Lipidology by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Lipidology is the specialty of diagnosis and management of cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism disorders. Cardiovascular disease risk assessment is also part of this specialty. He now serves as president of the Independent Physicians Association of Lee County. He is active in the Lee County Medical Society, the Florida Medical Society , the Florida Lipid Foundation, National Lipid Association and the American Medical Association.
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