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May is Blood Pressure Month and everyone should understand what is high blood pressure and why it is dangerous.
Blood pressure measures the force of blood that travels through your arteries. If it is too high, it is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other complication. High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because most of the time, it has no symptoms. Blood pressure readings are recorded as a fraction, with systolic pressure over diastolic pressure (i.e. 120/80 mm Hg or 120 over 80).
Do you know what each pressure measures and its importance?Do you know what is considered “high” blood reading? Do you know what causes high blood pressure and can it be prevented?
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it can often times be treated through lifestyle modifications and sometimes even medications. Lifestyle changes include reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, following a DASH diet, limiting sodium intake, becoming more active, limiting alcohol intake, and quit smoking.
Educating employees on the importance of monitoring their blood pressure and ensuring they understand how it impacts their overall health can help ensure a healthy workforce. Please contact our office for a copy of a free blood pressure newsletter you can use to help educate your employees on living a healthy lifestyle.