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Release Date: 9/19/2013

Hypertension Clinic opens for high blood pressure

James Perschbacher, M.D., FACC, board-certified hypertension specialist and director of the Hypertension Clinic

James Perschbacher, M.D., FACC, board-certified hypertension specialist and director of the Hypertension Clinic

An estimated 30 percent of Americans suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, but are unaware they have it. More than 40 percent of Americans who suffer from high blood pressure are not treated for it.

That’s a serious problem, because hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease and kidney disease, noted James Perschbacher, M.D., FACC, board-certified hypertension specialist and director of the new Hypertension Clinic, a program of the Heart Specialty Associates of St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

“As cardiologists, we treat people who develop these problems,” Dr. Perschbacher said. “The degree to which we can lower blood pressure, will help us avert the development of these diseases.”

Dr. Perschbacher is one of only of only 13 physicians in the greater St. Louis area, and 42 in the state, who have been designated as hypertension specialists by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), a not-for-profit organization that seeks to prevent and treat hypertension and associated disorders. ASH, the largest organization of hypertension health care providers and researchers in the country, unites scientific investigators and health care professionals in a scientific forum that bridges current hypertension research with effective clinical treatment strategies for patients. Diagnostic tools at St. Anthony’s new Hypertension Clinic include a special cuff that can be worn 24 hours a day and will record blood pressure continuously, renal Doppler ultrasound for identification of renal artery stenosis, access to trials offering the latest in hypertension treatment, and screening for sleep apnea.

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