COMMUNITY HEALTH CORNERWith Chief Pharmacist, Samantha Elliott at Thrifty WhitePharmacy, 239 2 Avenue NW in Valley City.May is National High Blood Pressure Education MonthHigh blood pressure is sometimes called the "silent killer as there are usually nosymptoms. Understanding your blood pressure numbers is the key to controlling it.What is high blood pressure?Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Each time theheart beats, it is pumping blood into these arteries. This results in the highest bloodpressure when the heart contracts and is pumping the blood. High blood pressure, orhypertension, directy increases the risk of coronary heart disease (heart attack) andstroke (brain attack). With high blood pressure, the arteries may have an increasedresistance against the flow of blood, causing the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood.Two numbers are used to measure blood pressure. The number on the top, thesystolic pressure, refers to the pressure inside the artery when the heart contractsand is pumping the blood through the body. The number on the bottom, the diastolicpressure, refers to the pressure inside the artery when the heart is at rest and isfilling with blood. Both the systolic and diastolic pressures are recorded as "mm Hg(millimeters of mercury).Blood pressure is categorized as normal, elevated or stage 1 or stage 2 highblood pressure.BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORYSYSTOLIC mm HgDIASTOLIC mm HgNormalLess than 120120-129130-133Less than 80Les than 8080-39andandHigh Blood PressureHigh Blood PressureHypertensive Crisis140 or Higher90 or higherHigher than 180Higher than 120Consult your doctor immediately)What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?Often, people with high blood pressure do not have noticeable symptoms. If the bloodpressure is greatly elevated, a person may experience the following: HeadacheDizziness, Blurred vision. However, each individual may experience symptoms differentlyThe symptoms of high blood pressure may resemble other medical conditions orproblems. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.Free blood pressure checks at your local Thrifty White Pharmacy!239 2nd Ave. NWPHARMACYValley City, ND701-845-1763STORE HOURS: Mon - Fri: 9am- 6pm. Sat: 9am - 1pm. Sun: ClosedBUONE nDtton.coOO

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COMMUNITY HEALTH CORNER With Chief Pharmacist, Samantha Elliott at Thrifty White Pharmacy, 239 2 Avenue NW in Valley City. May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month High blood pressure is sometimes called the "silent killer as there are usually no symptoms. Understanding your blood pressure numbers is the key to controlling it. What is high blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Each time the heart beats, it is pumping blood into these arteries. This results in the highest blood pressure when the heart contracts and is pumping the blood. High blood pressure, or hypertension, directy increases the risk of coronary heart disease (heart attack) and stroke (brain attack). With high blood pressure, the arteries may have an increased resistance against the flow of blood, causing the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood. Two numbers are used to measure blood pressure. The number on the top, the systolic pressure, refers to the pressure inside the artery when the heart contracts and is pumping the blood through the body. The number on the bottom, the diastolic pressure, refers to the pressure inside the artery when the heart is at rest and is filling with blood. Both the systolic and diastolic pressures are recorded as "mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). Blood pressure is categorized as normal, elevated or stage 1 or stage 2 high blood pressure. BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORY SYSTOLIC mm Hg DIASTOLIC mm Hg Normal Less than 120 120-129 130-133 Less than 80 Les than 80 80-39 and and High Blood Pressure High Blood Pressure Hypertensive Crisis 140 or Higher 90 or higher Higher than 180 Higher than 120 Consult your doctor immediately) What are the symptoms of high blood pressure? Often, people with high blood pressure do not have noticeable symptoms. If the blood pressure is greatly elevated, a person may experience the following: Headache Dizziness, Blurred vision. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently The symptoms of high blood pressure may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis. Free blood pressure checks at your local Thrifty White Pharmacy! 239 2nd Ave. NW PHARMACY Valley City, ND 701-845-1763 STORE HOURS: Mon - Fri: 9am- 6pm. Sat: 9am - 1pm. Sun: Closed BUONE nDtton.coOO

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