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Ask the doctor:

Q: What about stress? Stress is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but too much stress may contribute to increased blood pressure. It is difficult to determine if physical and mental stress cause high blood pressure. Stress is most likely a factor in high blood pressure, but the studies are still out on the exact impacts of stress as a factor because stress is intangible by nature.

What do my blood pressure numbers mean? Wasim Chughtai, MD, answers questions about how to manage your blood pressure. Dr. Chughtai is associated with Holmes Lake Family Medicine, which is part of the Bryan Physician Network. Please tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Pakistan and lived there until graduating from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, when I went to England. My medical training was through the British system, and I stayed there until 1992. Then I completed a residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, before moving to Nebraska in 1995. I am certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Q: Why Nebraska? The “good life” of Nebraska brought me here. It’s what makes Nebraska so wonderful and special. I earned my citizenship while living and working in Plainview, and I’ve practiced in Lincoln since 1998. This is home.

Generally speaking, we treat patients 18 and older. Younger patients usually still see a pediatrician, family practice physician or other specialist. Q: What aspects of this career are rewarding for you? To help patients live a healthier life is very rewarding. Having the opportunity to treat patients who have conditions and keep people healthy is an honor. Q: We are living in a highpressure, go-go-go world, and one thing that we often hear about is blood pressure. Why is it important to know if I have high blood pressure? It is important because it is a risk factor for so many conditions — and also almost 100 percent preventable.

Q: Why did you choose internal medicine? What is the role of these physicians? By nature I am inquisitive and detailoriented — this is at the core of internal medicine. Besides diagnosing and treating adult diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, prevention is an integral part of internal medicine and that means treating risk factors. In internal medicine, you diagnose and treat the quality that impacts any system or part of the body.

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