Dr. Naveed Fazlani was named 2004 Physician of the Year by Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy for a reason. Loyal patients say that Dr. Naveed Fazlani’s concern for his patients is superior to others in his field. At his private practice in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, Dr. Naveed Fazlani demonstrates a special interest in high blood pressure, a growing concern with the baby boomer generation.
Also called hypertension, Dr. Naveed Fazlani says high blood pressure affects about one-third of Americans. One-fourth of adults in the U.S. have pre-hypertension, adds Dr. Naveed Fazlani, which is a dangerous precursor to high blood pressure where a patient’s numbers are close to the range for hypertension.
At his Midwest Medical Group practice, Cincinnati’s Dr. Naveed Fazlani regularly treats patients suffering from high blood pressure. High blood pressure, according to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, occurs when a patient’s arteries are under stress—or “pressure”—that can affect the arteries’ ability to carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
According to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, high blood pressure can eventually lead to everything from a stroke to heart disease. An estimated 73 million people are suffering from this disease, Dr. Naveed Fazlani points out, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 15% of people are undiagnosed. With blood pressure testing available everywhere from doctors’ offices to drugstores, Dr. Naveed Fazlani believes education on the importance of diagnosing blood pressure problems is the key to reducing this potentially deadly disease.
While stress has long been assumed to be the cause of hypertension, Dr. Naveed Fazlani points to studies that show weight, lack of exercise, and diets high in sodium are leading causes of the health problem. Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are also causes, Dr. Naveed Fazlani adds, along with genetics and of course, stress. However, Dr. Naveed Fazlani explains that stress can sometimes temporarily exacerbate blood pressure levels, so a high reading does not necessarily indicate an ongoing problem. It is important for those who experience a high reading, Dr. Naveed Fazlani says, to continue to watch blood pressure to see if treatment is necessary.
According to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, some basic lifestyle modifications can help lower blood pressure. For those individuals who are overweight or obese, losing weight can help with a variety of health problems, according to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, including high blood pressure. Lowering salt intake and starting an exercise program can help as well, adds Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Pharmaceutical treatments will likely include beta-blockers to prevent the heart from working so hard and diuretics to help release water and salt from the body, Dr. Naveed Fazlani explains. According to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, ACE inhibitors can help dilate blood vessels, which helps restore blood flow. Medicine can have side effects however, as Dr. Naveed Fazlani points out, so it is important to discuss these with your doctor before starting treatment for hypertension.
Dr. Naveed Fazlani has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health quality. The organization’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement in health care. For more information or to contact Dr. Naveed Fazlani, visit DRNAVEEDFAZLANI.COM