Mercy is working to change those statistics by spreading the word and participating in national awareness initiatives such as the American Medical Group Foundation’s “Measure Up/Pressure Down National Day of Action” on May 7. Of the 91 participating organizations, Mercy currently ranks 19th in keeping patients with high blood pressure in control.
“High blood pressure is a silent killer,” said Mercy Clinic cardiologist Jeff Ciaramita, MD. “Anything we can do to help our patients stay in control will ultimately save lives in our communities.”
Dr. Ciaramita urges everyone to find out your blood pressure and get it checked at least once a year.
People most at risk for high blood pressure are those with a family history, advancing age (45 and older), those who lack physical activity, have a poor diet, are overweight and consume too much salt and alcohol. Other factors include stress, smoking and sleep apnea.
Contact your primary care provider to have your blood pressure checked.