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Interview op: Half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure under new American Heart Association guidelines.

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Press Release | Tue November 14, 2017, 09:40 AM EST


  • Dr. Harry Cohen

    Dr. Harry Cohen

    Chicago-based Dr. Harry Cohen has practiced cardiology and internal medicine for 30 years and has served as a medical educator, researcher, lecturer. Since heart disease continues to be the largest health problem, statistically, he is a strong advocate for the practice of preventive cardiology.

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure according to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association on Monday (Nov. 11). For the past 14 years, high blood pressure has been defined as 140/90, and approximately one in every three adults in the U.S. are currently diagnosed under this measurement.

However, with research showing complications occurring in readings of lower than previously thought, the American Heart Association officially redefined the criteria for high blood pressure - a reading of 130/80.

The new definition will increase the rate of Americans with high blood pressure from about 33 percent to almost 50 percent. High blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45 and double among women under 45, according to the American Heart Association.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease.

About Harry Cohen, M.D.
Dr. Harry Cohen has practiced cardiology and internal medicine for 30 years and has served as a medical educator, researcher, lecturer and presenter at numerous conferences and symposia throughout his professional career. Since heart disease continues to be the largest health problem, statistically, facing both men and women, he is a strong advocate for the practice of preventive cardiology and believes that individuals with a family history of heart disease should begin cardiologic examinations, and embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle, while still in their twenties to prevent significant heart problems later in life.

Dr. Cohen earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College in 1984 and pursued post-graduate study in cardiology and internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cohen is licensed to practice medicine in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and New Mexico. 

He has earned a variety of medical certifications, including Diplomate, National Board of Examiners in 1984; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine in 1987; Diplomate, Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine in 1989; and Diplomate of the National Board of Echocardiography with certification in Adult Transthoracic Plus Stress Echocardiography in 2009. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

In addition to his private practice at CardioMedical Associates, Ltd., with Chicago offices at 2800 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 100, and 9000 S. Stony Island Avenue. Dr. Cohen has been an attending physician at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago since 1990; Consulting Physician at Kindred Hospitals of Chicago since 1997; General Attending Physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago since 1998; Associate Attending Physician, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, since 2000; and Attending Physician at North Shore Hospital in Evanston, Illinois since 2001. He also served as Associate Attending Physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago from 1998 to 2007 and Attending Physician at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico from 2008 to 2017.

As an educator, Dr. Cohen served as Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine from 1993 to 2007, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine since 2008.

Through his professional writings and lectures, he has addressed a variety of topics pertaining to cardiology, preventive cardiology, heart health, and the role of the internist in promoting heart health.

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Note: Dr. Cohen has two offices in Chicago:
2800 N Sheridan Rd, Ste 100 Chicago, IL · (773) 929-1900 - At this office Wednesday morning after 8:30 am
9000 S. Stoney Island Ave. Chicago IL (773) 731-0670 - At this office today (Tuesday) after 1:30 pm

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Press Release | Tue November 14, 2017, 09:40 AM EST


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Chicago-based Dr. Harry Cohen has practiced cardiology and internal medicine for 30 years and has served as a medical educator, researcher, lecturer. Since heart disease continues to be the largest health problem, statistically, he is a strong advocate for the practice of preventive cardiology.



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