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Understanding Blood Pressure
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We hear about it almost every day: blood pressure.

So, what is this thing about pressuring my blood?  And what should I know about it?

When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body.  Measuring the pressure created by this force is called  taking your blood pressure.  It can tell you many things about your overall health, particularly when it comes to your cardiovascular system.

When a blood pressure (BP) cuff is put on you the device comes up with two numbers:

  • Systolic
  • Diastolic

The first number, systolic BP, is a measure of the pressure the heart causes when it pushes blood out. This number can range from below 120 to over 180:

  • Normal: below 120.
  • Elevated: 120-129.
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 130-139.
  • Stage 2 hypertension: 140 or more.
  • Hypertensive crisis: 180 or more. Call 911 or come to Frontline)

Diastolic BP, the second number, is the pressure put on the arteries when the heart rests between beats.  These numbers range from under 80 to over 120:

  • Normal: lower than 80
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 80-89.
  • Stage 2 hypertension: 90 or more.
  • Hypertensive crisis: 120 or more. Call 911 or come to Frontline)

In each case, the higher the number, the more danger you might be in to be suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure).

You can lower or keep your blood pressure normal by:

  • Cutting back on sodium.
  • Getting more exercise.
  • Losing weight.
  • Eating healthy.
  • Limiting alcohol.

Prevention is the best medicine in the fight against illness and disease.  It is our top priority to ensure the safe and immediate treatment of your illnesses and injuries, with the goal of getting you back on track faster to good health.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*Photos courtesy of Unsplash

 

Stroke Awareness
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The fifth leading cause of death in the U. S. is stroke.  And it is also a major cause of disability for adults.

Since May is National Stroke Awareness Month, take a moment and learn about this health issue.

What is a stroke and how would I recognize if a loved one or someone around me is having one?  Basically, stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. Here are some of the warning signs of stroke:

  • Weakness in the face, arm or leg.
  • Difficulty speaking.
  • Vision loss.
  • Dizziness.
  • Brief loss of consciousness.

What can cause or contribute to a stroke?  Consider these risk factors:

  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • Poor eating choices.

Up to 80 percent of strokes could be prevented just by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.  Note the time when you first noticed the symptoms.

It is our top priority to ensure the safe and immediate treatment of your illnesses and injuries, with the goal of getting you back on track faster to good health.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*Photos courtesy Unsplash and Paul Maynard

Affairs of the Heart
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Take things to heart.  Heartfelt. Places in the heart.

But a pain in the heart or your chest—not so romantic.

What should you do when you experience chest pains?  Is it your heart or something else? When should you head to the hospital ER or the acute care center?

First of all, there are different kinds of chest pain:

  • Tightness
  • Dull
  • Stabbing
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Sharp

And the causes are just as varied:

  • Heart problems
  • Lung issues
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Bone, muscle or nerve issues

As you can see, at the top of that list are heart issues.  From coronary artery disease to heart attack to myocarditis to pericarditis to cardiomyopathy to valve issue these problems are nothing to ignore.

So, when should you seek out help? If your doctor isn’t available and immediate self-care options don’t help, consider an immediate visit to an acute care center (or calling 9-1-1) when you experience:

  • A crushing pain under your breastbone.
  • A pain that spreads to your jaw, left arm or back.
  • A sudden chest pain with a shortness of breath.
  • Nausea, dizziness or a rapid heart rate or rapid breathing.
  • A change in your color to ashen.
  • Very low blood pressure or low heart rate.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.