Maintain your health during the Holiday Season
Ware- (December 5, 2011)With the holiday season upon us, it is important to continue to monitor our health, especially with the stress of holiday shopping and all its activities.
“The risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you age,” said Rosario M. Nelson, NP-C. Family Nurse Practitioner. Quabbin Adult Medicine, located at 95 Sargent Street in Belchertown. “Most cases of high blood pressure are diagnosed in men, until the age of 45. From age 45 to 54, men and women are equally at risk for high blood pressure. After the age of 54, women are actually more likely to have high blood pressure than men. Regular visits to your primary care provider are essential, especially to monitor your blood pressure.”
“The concept of blood pressure is sometimes difficult to understand because it is usually described with numbers,” said Nelson. “Adequate pressure within arteries is important to allow blood to be pumped throughout the body to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to areas of the body.
By working with you primary care provider you can take steps to monitor your blood pressure and keep it under control. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is an effective first step in both preventing and controlling high blood pressure. These steps include maintaining a healthy weight; being physically active; following a healthy eating plan, that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy foods; choosing and preparing foods with less salt and sodium; and, if you drink alcoholic beverages, drinking in moderation. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in keeping your pressure controlled, it may be necessary to add blood pressure medications.
People with high blood pressure usually experience no symptoms unless their blood pressure is extremely high, or if they have had high blood pressure for a long time. In these cases, damage may occur in major organs, such as the heart, brain, and kidneys, as well as in the small blood vessels in the eyes. It’s important to remember that if left untreated, high blood pressure may lead to serious complications.
“If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including, severe headache, fatigue or confusion, vision problems, chest pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, or pounding in your chest, neck, or ears,” notes Nelson. “If you experience any of these symptoms, see your primary care physician and have your blood pressure checked as soon as possible. If you have high blood pressure, you and your health care provider will work together as a team to reduce it. Together the two of you will come up with a plan and timetable for reaching your goals and help you maintain good health,” said Nelson.
Dr. Muhammad Gul, Dr. Ronald Beauzile, Dr. Anuja Garg, and Dr. Mario Lysse, and Nurse Practitioners Suzanne Dabakis Choquette, FNP and Rosario Nelson, FNP, serve as primary care physicians at Baystate Medical Practices – Quabbin Adult Medicine and are presently accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, call Quabbin Adut Medicine in Ware at 413-967-2324 and at 95 Sargent Street in Belchertown at 413-323-7212.