Parish Nurse

February Is Heart Month

February is Heart Month. In Wisconsin about 1.3 million adults (1 in 3) have high blood pressure (hypertension or HPB). Hypertension is often referred to as a “silent killer” because in most cases there are no obvious symptoms. When pressure is high this leads to blood vessel disease increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney and eye disease, and other health threats.
Blood Pressure is measured in two readings. The top number, systolic, is the heart at work. The bottom num-ber, diastolic, is the heart at rest, or the back pressure placed on the heart by the blood vessels.
According to the American Heart Association, a normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80.
Elevated Blood pressure is 120-129 and less than 80. Stage 1 hypertension is 130-139 or 80-89 (diastolic.) Stage 2 is 140 or higher systolic or 90 or higher diastolic.  People with a blood pressure higher than 180 and/or higher than 120 should seek medical attention.
It is a good idea to have your blood pressure screened whenever possible. You can see me anytime. Watch the weekly bulletin for more information.