Most everyone is familiar with the process of getting their blood pressure tested. The doctor or nurse wraps your arm in a Velcro fastened brace, it squeezes your arm, and somehow it gives the attendant a couple of numbers that determine your blood pressure.

One of the things they are checking for is high blood pressure, or hypertension. When your heart pumps blood, it creates pressure against the walls of the arteries. Chronic high blood pressure can lead to several complications including heart attack, aneurysm, stroke, damaged blood vessels, etc.

Hypertension is dangerous because most of the time there are no signs or symptom, especially early on. From time to time, a person may experience headaches, nosebleeds or random dizzy spells, but these symptoms are usually present when hypertension has reached a severe, life-threatening level.

With these consequences in mind, you can see why it is important to have your residents blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If a resident is experiencing high blood pressure, there are several things we can do to help manage his/her condition.

Probably the most effective way to manage hypertension is a change in lifestyle. A change to a healthier diet with less sodium, giving up smoking and regular exercise can all contribute to a lower blood pressure. There are some cases where a doctor may also prescribe medications, in addition to lifestyle changes, to help lower a person’s blood pressure.

A resident should have his/her blood pressure checked regularly by their doctor whenever they have a routine check-up. Also be aware of the other symptoms mentioned above so that you can report them to your supervisor or call 9-1-1 if you think it is necessary. The goal is to have healthy resident who can enjoy a long and fulfilling life in your Community.

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