Be Smart, Be Aware
Know Your Numbers
It’s a beautiful day and as you wait for your friend, Lauren, to arrive, you begin to make a mental to-do list:
- Attend the KHN health fair
- Pick up milk and bread
- Get gas
- Pick the dog up from the groomer
- Have dinner ready before Joey’s basketball practice
It makes you tired just thinking about the day ahead of you. Lauren arrives, and off you go. You would love to run through the fast food joint for breakfast, but because Lauren is such a picture of health – perfect weight, works out daily, eats healthy, only drinks water - you would be too embarrassed to eat unhealthy with her.
As the two of you view the displays at the fair, there is a sudden commotion. Lauren, the one in what seems to be in perfect health, is being taken by the emergency squad to the local emergency room. Lauren learns while having her blood pressure taken, that it was extremely elevated; at stroke level. You are puzzled because you have been with her all morning and she has shown no symptoms.
Did you know?
- People with high blood pressure often do not know it; they show no symptoms
- High blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 347,000(2008) Americans
- High blood pressure is easily treatable
- High blood pressure is an indicator of other chronic conditions such as heart disease and/or diabetes
What if this had been you instead of your friend. Who would take care of your family? You don’t have to have the normal risk factors; overweight, very little exercise, a family history to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can strike without warning and without discrimination.
What Your Blood Pressure Reading Means
- Less than 120/80 - Normal
- Between 120/80 & 140/90 - Prehypertensive and at risk for developing H.B.P
- 140/90 and above - High Blood Pressure
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Institutes of Health recommend a target blood pressure of less than 130/80 mmHg for people with diabetes. If your blood pressure is high, consult with your physician for lifestyle modifications and possible medications.
To schedule a Free Blood Pressure Check near you, call Kettering Health Outreach, (937) 558-3988, for dates, times and locations. Be Smart, “BE AWARE” know your numbers!