Dr. Lamont Tyler, medical director for OSF St. Joseph Medical Center PromptCare, shares his expertise with the community as host of the weekly show DocTalk on Cities 92.9 FM in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler has also participated in a number of speaker programs, including Schand Morahan's hypertension initiative.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is dangerous in its subtlety. It is the most common root cause of many serious or fatal conditions, including heart disease and stroke, and is extremely dangerous to patients with diabetes, yet it typically appears entirely asymptomatically. In fact, experts estimate that close to 33 percent of patients with hypertension do not know that they have the condition. Those that are aware of their high blood pressure typically receive the diagnosis after visiting the doctor for an unrelated condition.
Patients who have long-term severe high blood pressure, however, do experience certain side effects. They may feel fatigued, confused, or experience other neurological disturbances. They may present with severe headaches or other alarming symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain. These patients often seek medical attention for a perceived cardiac episode or other severe medical event, though these symptoms actually alert medical professionals to the fact that the patient's sustained high blood pressure has caused damage to other body systems.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.