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LET’S TALK ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE AND THE POWER OF NUMBERS
by Timothy Damron, MD, FACC/Cardiologist

You hear the numbers every time you go to the doctor. But do you truly understand your blood pressure measurement?

Blood pressure is written in a ratio. The first number is your systolic number, which measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart beats. The second number, your diastolic number, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. If those numbers are high, that means the force of your blood flow is high, which stretches and damages your arteries. A normal blood pressure should be less than 120/80 for adults over the age of 20.

Remember: one bad reading doesn’t necessarily mean you have high blood pressure, so monitor it over time. However, if your blood pressure regularly remains at 140/90 or above, begin seeking treatment.

High blood pressure isn’t just a dangerous risk; the American Heart Association says it’s a disease affecting 1 out of 3 adults in the United States. The higher the numbers, the higher the chances you’ll end up also battling heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and more.

Because we care so much about this community, all of the physicians, nurses, and staff at Pleasant Valley Hospital are concerned with keeping our hearts pumping strong. Don’t forget: cardiologists will always encourage you to stay active, free of stress, and consuming healthy foods. However, if your doctor has concerns over your rising blood pressure, ask to speak to us directly at 304.675.1484 to see how we can put a stop to this silent killer.
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Let's Wear RED

Feb 5, 7:00am

The first Friday of every February is designed to be an important reminder for women across America. For more than a decade, National Wear Red Day has been raising awareness for heart disease and stroke in women Heart disease is the top killer for women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, American Heart Association statistics show that education and action can prevent 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events. This year, on Friday, February 5th, wearing red will again serve as a reminder to take the necessary steps to prevent cardiovascular disease. What more can you do to stop this deadly killer? If you’re a woman, schedule a regular check-up with your doctor to make sure you’re in optimal health. At your annual visit, your doctor will check blood pressure and look for signs of heart disease and stroke. Don’t forget to request a blood test for signs related directly to your cholesterol health. Along with that, preventative measures such as following a healthy diet, regular exercise, and not smoking can help you stay on top of your health. The Cardiologists at Pleasant Valley Hospital are thrilled to help raise awareness for this disease. As we strive to keep the health of the community we love in check, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to wear red on Friday, February 5th as a reminder to women throughout the Point Pleasant area to take their heart health seriously. If you have any questions about your heart health, please contact me at 304.675.1484. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

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