In the wake of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s revelation that he has pancreatic cancer, our concierge family practice doctors in Jupiter have received a number of questions from our patients regarding this often-deadly disease. “What causes it?” “Can I get tested for it?” “What are the warning signs?”
An alarming new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) released last week found that nearly half of all Americans—nearly 121 million adults—have some form of heart disease, defined as those with coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, or high blood pressure. The new figures partly stem from changes in what constitutes high blood pressure or hypertension. In 2017, the cut-off point for what is considered high blood pressure was revised downward, from 140/90 to 130/80, and only about half of those who are now considered hypertensive have it under control.