LOCAL RESOURCES Greene Memorial Hospital • Drug and Alcohol • Diabetes support • Weight Mgmt 9373522000 WEBSITES www.greenehealth.org (Greene Memorial Hospital) www.gcchd.org/blood pressure clinic.htm (Blood pressure screening clinic) www.gccoa.org/MAAP.htm (Medication assistance for seniors) www.anericanheart.org (American Heart Association) www.ashus.org (American Society of Hypertension)
Wright Patterson Medical Center Health and Wellness Center • Nutrition • Exercise • Stress reduction • Tobacco cessation 9379049355 7:30 am4:30 pm Monday – Friday
MIAMI UNIVERSITY HAMILTON SCHOOL OF NURSING
Greene County Council on Aging Medication Management Asisstance Program 9373765486 or
Greene County Health Fair
WHAT IS HYPERTENSION HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Systolic > 140 Diastolic > 90 RISK FACTORS • Age over 60 • Ethnicity • Family history • Heart or kidney disease • Diabetes RISKS YOU CAN CHANGE • Overweight • Smoking • Alcohol • Stress • Exercise habits • High cholesterol WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT Unmanaged high blood pressure raises the risk of heart and kidney disease, stroke, and increases other circulation problems.
LIFE STYLE CHANGES • Low sodium diet o Avoid canned and processed foods • Weight management o Lose weight • Alcohol restriction • Stress management o Coping skills o Yoga • Exercise regularly o Speak to your Dr. before starting a program o Start slowly • Decaf your life • Take drugs as prescribed o Take all your drugs o Do not skip doses • Quit smoking o Find a strategy that works for you • Good Diabetes management
HELPFUL HINTS • Know your drugs • Make a list and keep it with you • Keep your Dr. appointments • Use a drug organizer • Write down questions for your Dr. • Get a home B/P device • Get an exercise buddy • Get a scale • Read food labels TAKE DRUGS AS PRESCRIBED NEVER STOP ABRUPTLY