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Roll Up Your Sleeve For A Pressure Check

May Is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
High blood pressure is a cause of serious chronic illness and sudden death, which is why it’s so important for people to know if they have it – but often, there are no symptoms until it is too late.
High blood pressure leads to damaged arteries and the development of heart disease, kidney disease, eye injury and increased risk of stroke.
During National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May, the American Medical Group Foundation is hosting the first “Measure Up/Pressure Down National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves” on May 15. Mercy is supporting the initiative and encouraging people to have their blood pressure checked.
People most at risk for high blood pressure are those with a family history, advancing age (45 and older), those who lack physical activity, have a poor diet, are overweight and consume too much salt and alcohol.
Contact your primary care provider or family medicine specialist to have your blood pressure checked. If you don’t have a primary care provider, visit mercy.net/doctors.

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