The Link between Diabetes and Hypertension

January 6, 2014



FORT SCOTT, Kan. - The public is invited to Mercy's Diabetes Support Group on Monday, January 20th at 6 p.m. in the McAuley Conference Room at Mercy Hospital. The session will focus on Hypertension.


Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure.


According to Alice Helton, Certified Diabetes Educator, “Hypertension is a leading contributor to heart attacks.  Hypertension has no symptoms; that’s why it is referred to as a silent killer.”


“Chronically elevated blood pressure forces your heart to work too hard which may cause it to cause it to weaken over time,” adds Helton. “This same process also causes increased wear and tear on the arteries.”.


At least half of patients with diabetes have hypertension. Support group participants will be given the opportunity to have their blood pressure taken at this meeting.


No appointment or registration is required to attend the Diabetes Support Group. Individuals with diabetes or caregivers are encouraged to attend.


Future meeting dates for the support group are March 17, May 19, July 21, Sept.15, and Nov. 17.


For more information contact Alice Helton with Mercy Hospital at 620-223-8412

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