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Hillside Family Medicine
& Occupational Medicine

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& Occupational Medicine

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The New Blood Pressure Guidelines

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness & Health e-Zine

The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other heart health groups now agree that you have high blood pressure if your blood pressure is above 130/80, not 140/90 as the previous guidelines recommended (American Heart Association's annual meeting, November 13, 2017). This means that 46 percent of North American adults now have high blood pressure which means that they are at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and premature death. The new guidelines will triple the number of men under 45 years of age with high blood pressure, and double the number of women under 45 with high blood pressure. Another 40 percent of the population will develop high blood pressure as they grow older.

The blockbuster SPRINT study of almost 10,000 people showed that blood pressures above 130 increase risk for death (N Engl J Med, Nov 26, 2015;373:2103-2116). High blood pressure causes heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease and puts you at increased risk for developing dementia in later life. High blood pressure is intimately associated with high blood sugar levels after meals, and high blood pressure is one of the criteria for diagnosing diabetes.

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The Importance of Vaccines

Check out the "Anchorage Doctors Explain the Importance of Vaccines" article on Anchorage County NearSay!

Health Care & Diabetes Awareness

Check out the "Spread Health Care & Diabetes Awareness This Month" article on Anchorage County NearSay!

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Cholesterol Awareness

Check out the "Family Doctors Raise Cholesterol Education Awareness" article on Anchorage County NearSay!

Melanomas are Often Not on Moles

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Malignant melanomas are skin cancers that can spread rapidly through your body and kill you. For many years we have been told to watch existing moles for changes that may signal a melanoma, but a new review of 38 studies covering 20,126 melanomas shows that fewer than 30 percent of melanomas are found on moles (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, August 29, 2017). More than 70 percent of melanomas show up on previously normal skin. They may look like a new mole or may not even be easily visible. This new information means that you should check your skin often and have any change examined immediately by a dermatologist, in addition to your yearly or more frequent regular check-up.

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9220 Lake Otis Parkway, Ste 9
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
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