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Controlling blood pressure prevents many health problems!


Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. It is often written or stated as two numbers. The first or top number represents the pressure when the heart contracts. This is called systolic pressure. The second or bottom number represents the pressure when the heart rests between beats. This is called diastolic pressure.

Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. When it consistently stays too high for too long, it is called hypertension. The Seventh Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure notes these levels for defining normal and high blood pressure in adults:

Normal blood pressure is a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of less than 80 mmHg.

Prehypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure of 120-139 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure of 80-89 mmHg. Persons with prehypertension are at increased risk to progress to hypertension.

High blood pressure or hypertension for adults is defined as a systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or higher or a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or higher.

If the systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels are in different categories, blood pressure status is defined according to the higher category. High blood pressure for adults will usually be measured on at least two different doctor visits before a diagnosis of high blood pressure is made. For children, high blood pressure is determined by comparing the child's blood pressure with the distribution of blood pressure for children of similar sex, age and height. A child whose blood pressure is greater than or equal to 95 percent of children of similar sex, age, and height would be considered to have high blood pressure. A diagnosis of high blood pressure for children is based on blood pressure readings on at least three different visits.

Some forms of high blood pressure are caused by family history, gender, ethnicity, and age but most often high blood pressure is caused by lifestyle choices. High blood pressure can often be prevented or controlled through lifestyle changes and medications. High blood pressure can be managed by: maintaining a healthy weight, getting exercise, reducing caffeine, salt, and alcohol intake, reducing stress, quitting smoking, and eating a diet comprised of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

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Now is the time to prevent diabetes-know your risk

Mon, Mar 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

St. Paul, MN-On American Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 23, the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative has good news about diabetes. People who keep their blood glucose (sugar) as close to normal as possible in the early years followin ..... 
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H1N1 flu immunizations still available

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering H1N1influenza immunizations via appointment and community vaccination clinics during March 2010. According to health educator, Brenda Leigh Pohlman, FCPH has provided over 2,800 H1N1 immunization ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 9, 2010) - Looking for a way to give back to your community, but don't have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour you can help save a life by donating blood, and ..... 
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New study finds increase in number of Minnesotans without health insurance

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance rose from 7.2 percent to 9.1 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to the results of a new survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public ..... 
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Smoking by the Numbers

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Every day I hear the stories of people who want to quit smoking and help people who they love quit smoking. They want to feel better, live longer, protect their children, and save money - reasons we can all relate to, whether we are smokers o ..... 
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Heart disease: not just a man's problem

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease is not just the number one killer of men, it's also the number one killer of women. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of about 500,000 women a year ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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