- Health Screenings
- Get Moving Challenge
- Gratitude Campaign
- Healthy Department
- Deans for Wellness
- Zen in 10
- Special Events
- Wellness Spotlight
- Health Incentive Vouchers
- Employee Assistance Program
- Fitness Center Reimbursement
- Expecting & Mothering
- Walking Paths
High Blood Pressure = "Silent Killer"
High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer”. It rarely has warning signs or symptoms and many people do not realize they have it. Going unnoticed for long periods of time can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Get it checked often…visit your healthcare provider or a health professional to have them measure it for you!
- 1 in 3 U.S. Adults have high blood pressure
- About 54% of those with high blood pressure have it under control
- High blood pressure increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in Americans
Effects of High Blood Pressure
- The Heart
- High blood pressure can harden your arteries, which will decrease the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart and lead to heart disease.
- The Brain
- High blood pressure can burst or block arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the brain, causing a stroke.
- The Kidneys
- 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure have chronic kidney disease.
Risks You Can’t Change
- Blood pressure tends to rise as you age, so as you get older your blood pressure is likely to increase.
- Family History
- Risk for high blood pressure can increase when there is a family history. It can increase even higher when hereditary combines with unhealthy lifestyle choices such a lack of physical activity or unhealthy eating choices,
How to Control It?
Make some lifestyle changes. They can help to control blood pressure.
Diet. Eat a healthy diet that is:
- Low in sodium, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol
- High in fresh fruits and vegetables
- Take a 10 minute walk 3 times a day
- Do not smoke