Hypertension- High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure and What You Need to Know

According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 70 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. That’s 1 of every 3 adults and only about half of people with hypertension have their condition under control. What more should we know?

Do you have high blood pressure?

Do you have high blood pressure?

Many of us are unsure what healthy blood pressure values are, let alone knowing when we see or hear values from our healthcare providers that may be concerning.

The CDC states that 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure do not even know they have it because there are usually no symptoms. It is estimated that more than 360,000 deaths occur each year in America due to high blood pressure. Regular physical exams by your physician are a good start, so your health care provider can check your blood pressure. Serious problems can happen as a result of high blood pressure, such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure. Risk factors vary between individuals and some may have more than one risk factor.

High Blood Pressure Risk Factors:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Lifestyle
  • Family History

At different stages in life, hypertension can happen to more women than men, especially over the age of 65. Our chances also increase with too little activity in our daily lives. When little to no exercise is combined with an unhealthy diet we see an increase in weight. Even worse the risk for high blood pressure increases if we are considered obese. Lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and leading a stressful life, can also influence our potential risks of high blood pressure. A major lifestyle choice we can make that greatly impacts keeping us in a healthier blood pressure zone is making good food choices.

Salt and High Blood Pressure

Being aware of your sodium intake is a vital step. The average American diet contains 3,400 milligrams per day but the dietary guidelines for Americans is to consume no more than 2,300 milligrams per day, which is equivalent to one teaspoon of salt. Sodium can be found and even hidden in many foods. Be aware of the sodium content in processed foods you are eating, or even better try and eliminate processed foods from your diet.

Make Good Choices and Take Charge!

Do you know how to monitor blood pressure?

Do you know how to monitor blood pressure?

Take care of yourself by making conscious decisions about the food you eat. Visit your healthcare professionals regularly for exams and blood pressure readings. Understanding the impact of high blood pressure is a great step toward making some changes that may help save you, or your loved ones, life.

Knowing how to measure blood pressure can be a valuable tool for everyone. You can learn to measure your own blood pressure and help your friends and loved ones monitor their blood pressure. Please enjoy our video on measuring blood pressure and help take charge of your life!

The Second Career Nurse… Why They “Bring It”!

In my years of being an educator, I have had the pleasure of working with the “second career nurse”. What make someone a second career nurse? The second career nurse is the nurse that has already earned a degree, life or family and has decided to change careers and become a nurse. Second career nurses bring life experience, diversity, maturity, knowledge,empathy, and work experience to a career where shortages are on the rise. Continue reading

Nurse Educator Shortage

Nursing shortage

Reasons for the Nursing Shortage

With the nursing shortage upon us, there is a lot of speculation about the causes. Research is showing several factors contributing to the decline in nurses, one of which is the nurse educator shortage.

I’ve been working in nursing for over 20 years and in higher education for 13 years. In my time as a nurse educator, I’ve seen many great nurses come and go. The ones that leave complain of burn out and the wages. Are you wondering what the research says about the nurse educator shortage? Continue reading

Body Mechanics in Nursing

Proper Body Mechanics- Is It Enough?

One of the reasons we created our product was because of the staggering amount of back injuries that occur in nursing. All of the patient care videos I was showing to my students modeled poor body mechanics. Working in nursing for over 20 years, I have known many excellent caregivers who left the profession related to back injuries and other musculoskeletal complications the occurred as a direct result of patient handling. Continue reading

Obesity in the US

Obesity Rates

Is there a better time to talk about obesity with the holidays finally over? The truth is there is no better time than the present. In a study, conducted in 2012 by the National Center for Health Statistics, data showed more than one-third adults, age 20 and over, are obese. Not only does this impact our society with high prices of health care and health insurance but it will be a long lasting effect that we are only starting to be aware of. Continue reading

Donating Blood

The Gift of Life

My sister is the most giving person I know. I couldn’t have a better business partner, friend, or sister. I recently told her that she was the best gift our mom ever gave me… and I meant it! My sister gave our ex step-dad a kidney. Now that she’s down to one kidney, she finds other ways to give. Last week, I was able to go along while she donated blood. Continue reading

Flu and Norovirus Season- What you Need to Know to Stay Healthy

For many of us, the weather is changing and it’s time to protect ourselves from those seasonal illnesses. The two that always come to mind for me are the flu and norovirus. Do you wonder if Influenza (the flu) and norovirus are related? Are they spread in the same way? Continue reading

Working with Friends

Working with friends can be tricky.  For many of us, starting a business is a daunting task.  There is so much to learn and you can’t know everything.  Many times, you count on the advice of family and friends and sometimes, you even work with them. Is this healthy for your relationships?  Can it ruin friendships? Continue reading

What’s on your Shoes?

germs comicIf you work in health care, you have a pretty good idea what may be lurking on your shoes. Research tells us that some microorganisms may survive hospital cleaning.  Guess where many of those germs are? That’s right, they’re on the floor. Guess what also spends most of the day on the floor? If you were thinking the bottom of your shoes, you’re right again.

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