Wellness- Hypertension

                                            February 2013



1 of every 3 adults in our community has chronic high blood pressure. Do you?

The only way to detect whether or not you have high blood pressure is to have it checked by your primary care provider or a health professional. High blood pressure can damage your health in many ways. For instance, it can harden the arteries, decreasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. This reduced flow can cause:

            ♥ Chest pain, also called angina.

            ♥ Heart failure, which occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to your other organs.

            ♥ Heart attack, which occurs when the blood supply to your heart is blocked and heart muscle cells die from

                    a lack of oxygen. The longer the blood flow is blocked, the greater the damage to the heart.

                ♥ High blood pressure can burst or block arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the brain, causing a stroke.



If you think you may be having a heart attack, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Symptoms include:

  • Squeezing, heavy chest pain, especially with: exercise or exertion, emotional stress, cold weather or a large meal
  • Pain in the left shoulder, left arm, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating, clammy skin
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Anxiety, especially feeling a sense of doom or panic without apparent reason
  •  Unusual symptoms, which may occur more frequently in women, include: stomach pain, back and shoulder pain, confusion and fainting.                                                                                                                                  www.wmhs.com


Community Screening
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Auditorium Rooms 3,4,5 and 6

  • Lipid panel with glucose (HDL, LDL, Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose) $20

                Fasting is required for this test. Nothing to eat or drink 10 to 12 hours before bloodwork, except water.

  • Osteoporosis screening  $5
  • Blood pressure, body mass index and body fat analysis Free

Informational displays on:

  • Heart Healthy Nutrition
  • Heart Attacks- Call 911
  • Medications for a Healthy Heart

Registration is required. To register, contact Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418.



For more information, call 240-964-8424