High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often called "the silent killer." Blood pressure is a measure of how your heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. When the heart has to pump harder to get blood through the heart's vessels, this causes an increase in blood pressure. When left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, or sexual dysfunction. Most of the time, the symptoms for hypertension aren't obvious, which is why it's important for you to follow up with your doctor and have your blood pressure checked. Medications can help, but you can take control by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a well-balanced, low salt diet, limiting alcohol intake, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. You can fight high blood pressure, and Dosher is here to help.
— Natalie Swiger, MSN, RN
Manager, Cardiac Rehabilitation