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Senior Citizen's Guide to Southwest Ohio

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:

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?

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

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!

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