Confronting Hypertension, the 'Silent Killer'

Confronting Hypertension, the 'Silent Killer' (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Confronting Hypertension, the 'Silent Killer' (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

May is Hypertension Awareness Month, and on Wednesday's edition of Public Pulse, host Ron Richter spoke with representatives from the Sheridan Senior Center about ways our community can be more aware of "the silent killer" - and ways to combat it. Family Nurse Practitioner, Brenda Mosher.

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, hypertension is present in nearly 32 percent of Americans over the age of 20. That's close to one-in-three Americans. And every year, Americans with hypertension visit their physicians close to 39 million times as a result.

Mosher says one of the most common myths she's encountered in patients is that people believe they will somehow know on their own if and when they develop hypertension. But that's not the case. She says as we age, there should be a greater focus on being aware of our blood pressure through regular testing.

As registered dietician Georgia Boley explains, some heart healthy diets can have as much of a positive impact on blood pressure as certain medications.

Boley says a good place to start is to have a healthy weight in mind and manage nutritious meals to try and reach that goal. To learn more by listening to the full interview, click on the attachment below.

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