High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious and often undiagnosed health problemâ€”a silent killer. Hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. Normal blood pressure is no higher than 120/80. The higher number represents the pressure on your blood vessels when your heart beats, and the lower number represents the pressure in your blood vessels when at rest. For more information, check this link at the National Heart, Lung, and Blod Institute: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Hbp/HBP_WhatIs.html.
If your blood pressure is too high, physicians usually recommend exercise, dietary changes, weight loss, and medication. The DASH Eating Plan (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) can significantly reduce your blood pressure with delicious food! For a brochure which describes the plan, gives a week of suggested menus, and suggests ways to lose weight using the Plan, go to: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/.
You can download the 64 page brochure, or order a single copy for $3.50.
The Wellness Program offers blood pressure screening periodically through the academic year. Watch your e-mail for announcements.