Blood Pressure

New Population Health Initiative: Cardiometabolic Clinic
Holy Cross is excited to offer a program for patients with Metabolic Syndrome through the UM-HCH Internal Medicine Faculty and Residency Practice at 5601 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park. This program will give patients guidance, education and coaching through:
• Diet
• Exercise  
• Stress reduction
in a structured program over the course of 12 months. 

A life coach/nutritionist/dietitian and exercise physiologist will mentor and assist patients along with residents, pharmacists and other ancillary staff in achieving a healthier lifestyle predicated on behavior modification.
The metabolic syndrome, which is at least three of five factors that include high blood pressure, low HDL, increased central obesity, abnormal triglycerides and an abnormal blood sugar, is a clustering of risk factors that leads to an internal milieu that promotes atherosclerosis.  Most of these patients will succumb to heart attacks and strokes as well as develop significant kidney disease and diabetes. Their obesity increases their likelihood of experiencing orthopedic issues.

Programs such as this have been used for more than a decade and have proven effective in reversing Metabolic Syndrome in participants who adhere to the recommended lifestyle modifications. 

Patients will need less medicines and may even eliminate some of them.  From a public health point of view, this is a win-win situation.  The data show that these patients do not have to achieve an ideal weight but – just as in the diabetic prevention program advocated by the CDC –sustain aerobic activity on a weekly basis coupled with behavior and dietary modification for just a 7% weight loss to reverse most of the effects of the metabolic syndrome.

Also, subgroups with this syndrome will be identified that have predominant blood pressure, diabetic or dyslipidemic components to their disease for a more targeted approach.

Are you interested in the program? Please obtain written or verbal consent from your Primary Care Physician. To learn more, please call 954-491-2160.


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Experts have long known that blacks are more likely to die of heart disease and stroke than whites -- and that rates of high blood pressure explain a lot of that disparity. But why are blacks more likely to develop high blood pressure?

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Prescribing higher doses of these drugs occurs even though half of the patients had their blood pressure controlled with lower doses before they went to the hospital, the researchers said.

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TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- In what is being billed as the largest genetic study ever conducted, British scientists report they have spotted more than 500 genes that play a role in blood pressure.

The research, which involved more than 1 million people, expands the understanding of the genetic factors that determine blood pressure and could lead to new treatments for the condition, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.

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High blood pressure "is an unnecessary scourge on African Americans. The prevalence of hypertensive crisis is five times higher in African Americans than in the general population," said study author Dr. Frederick Waldron. He is an emergency medicine physician from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.

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Home Monitoring Works for Blood Pressure Patients

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That's the conclusion of a preliminary study that included 2,550 adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure. They each received free home blood pressure monitors, online and print resources for tracking their blood pressure readings, and reminders to check their blood pressure.

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