Resistant hypertension is defined as blood pressure that remains above a goal target when at least three medication therapies, including a diuretic, fail to control the blood pressure. This affects an estimated 13 percent of the population with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
Had Bob Kime, 67, not opened the Tulsa World paper June 13, 2013, and noticed an ad that read, “for many people the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack,” he may not have thought of his own heart health. The ad featured a new promotion available at Oklahoma Heart Institute to have a state-of-the-art cardiac CT scan for $499 with no physician referral necessary. “I thought that’s $499 and I called,” says Bob of picking of the phone to schedule his scan.