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Local doctor warns of hypertension

Yesterday, family practice physician Dr. Raymond Blair addressed the Rotary Club of Ennis at the service group’s weekly luncheon at the Ennis Country Club.

Blair spoke on the risks and treatment of hypertension, which he said is becoming an increasing nationwide concern. Of some 35 million people in the United States, he said, who are aware of their blood pressure problems, only 25 million are receiving therapy and of that number only 12.5 million are taking medicine to control hypertension.
Treatment is essential, Blair said, to avoid strokes and heart attacks. Stroke and coronary heart disease has decreased by 60 percent over 30 years but that’s now leveling off, he said, explaining that leaving the problem uncontrolled for a long period of time will increase risks of end-stage renal disease and heart failure.
“You might typically think of older people when you think of hypertension,” the doctor said. “But you would be surprised how many younger people have high blood pressure.”
Large numbers of people in their 30s have the problem, he told Rotarians, adding that obesity, diabetes and a family history of hypertension often contributes to the condition. He also said obesity was causing high blood pressure in kids.
Children watching over two hours a day of TV or video games are in danger of obesity, Blair pointed out. Kids with weight issues should be checked for high blood pressure beginning at age 3, he suggested.
To reduce hypertension, the doctor recommended monitoring cholesterol intake as well as daily exercise consisting of a 30-minute, nonstop workout.
Blair said a blood pressure level of 140/90 requires treatment while a reading of 120/80 is considered normal. Those falling in between these numbers are considered candidates for pre-hypertension.
Lifestyle modifications for hypertension prevention, Blair outlined, include weight reduction; a loss of only 22 pounds in obese persons can bring blood pressure down considerably, he said. The doctor also said adopting a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products is advisable, as is food with a reduced content of fat and sodium
Moderation of alcohol consumption was also recommended.
Blair’s practice, Blair Family Medicine, is temporarily located at 601 S. Clay St., Suite 104 (Dr. Ruby Anthony-White’s office). The business will soon move to the new doctors’ facility being constructed beside Ennis Regional Medical Center, 2203 W. Lampasas St, Suite 101.

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