Approximately 73 million adults in the US are affected by hypertension, a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated. Some causes of hypertension may include smoking, obesity, diabetes, inactive lifestyle, stress, aging, vitamin D deficiency, family history, alcohol or certain medications.
Of course, when we talk about women, it is important to note that menopause increases a woman’s risk for hypertension. During menopause, estrogen levels drop significantly and this drop has a direct effect on a woman’s heart health. When estrogens levels drop, your heart and blood vessels become stiff and less elastic. When this happens your blood pressure tends to rise which can lead to damage in the blood vessels, heart, brain and other organs.
There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure. For most people, a diagnosis is made by a health care provider typically when blood pressure readings are consistently at 140/90 mmHg or above.
I will be hosting the Red Hot Mamas seminar on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Portneuf Medical Center. The seminar, “Hypertension and You.” We will focus on understanding, preventing and treating hypertension.
The Red Hot Mamas seminars are free and all women are invited to attend. Grab a girlfriend or two and come find out more about this unique time in a woman’s life. The seminar is in the Pebble Creek Room at Portneuf. Doors open at 6pm; the presentation begins at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit portneuf.org/event/rhm or call 208-239-1048. To learn more about PMC’s upcoming seminars including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.
With an ongoing personalized focus on education, treatment, and advanced cardiovascular therapies, Pocatello Cardiology is successful in helping patients with cardiovascular complications and improving their quality of life. If you have cardiac risk factors or have experienced heart related symptoms, talk to your physician to see if a visit with the specialists at Pocatello Cardiology may be appropriate for you. To schedule an appointment, call 208-234-2001.