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Six nephrologists practicing at the Hypertension Center at King's Daughters have been certified as hypertension specialists by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH). These physicians are:

Jeannie Co, M.D.

J. Michael Kasey, D.O.

Jonathan Kendall, M.D.

Molly Litvin, D.O.

Ryann Pangan, M.D.

Charbel Salem, M.D.

In February, the center itself was named a Designated Hypertension Practice Center by ASH. At the same time, Hypertension Center clinic director Charbel Salem, M.D., also was certified as a hypertension specialist. The additional five physicians received notice of their certification in mid-June.

With all six physicians certified, nephrologist Michael Kasey, D.O., said, "We are one of the very few centers in the United States where every physician has these credentials. For our patients, this means our entire team is extremely well versed in treating hypertension. If patients are experiencing extreme high blood pressure, we can help."

About high blood pressure
Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Typically, hypertension is when someone's blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg or above most of the time. Pre-hypertension is when someone's blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 140/90 mmHg. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or lower.

The first number is known as systolic pressure. It measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, or contracts. The second number is diastolic blood pressure, which measures blood pressure between heartbeats, when the heart is resting and refilling with blood. Both numbers are vital to measuring blood pressure.

There are several criteria for becoming a Designated Hypertension Practice Center. More than 50 percent of the practice must be devoted to patients with hypertension and related disorders. Also, the center's team must be certified in recording blood pressure and in maintaining equipment for the center and self-monitoring equipment for patients. The team must also perform and interpret 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recordings, and offer patients extensive examination and treatment options.

Nephrologists treat hypertension, along with diagnosing and treating kidney diseases. Many disorders treated by nephrologists, such as hypertension, affect the kidneys and several other bodily organs.

Patients should have a referral to the center. The center is located at:
King's Daughters Medical Specialties - Nephrology & Hypertension
432 16th St., Suite B, Ashland, Ky.
(606) 329-9335

Also practicing with the group and focusing on dialysis patients are:

James Egel, M.D.

Donald Hammonds, D.O.

Jerry Lockard, D.O.

Physicians from the group also see patients in Grayson, Ky., and Portsmouth, Ohio.


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