What you can do to manage your blood pressure?

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.  This includes eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy appropriate weight.  Make sure you are getting 150 minutes of deliberate physical activity per week, limit your alcohol use and if you use tobacco, quit.  Need resources?  Learn more here. https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-community-education.asp

High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms.

High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer.” Most people with high blood pressure don’t have any symptoms, such as sweating or headaches. Because many people feel fine, they don’t think they need to get their blood pressure checked. Even if you feel normal, your health may be at risk because high blood pressure, is a leading cause of stroke.  Learn more about hypertension here. https://yakimamemorial.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Topic.aspx?TopicID=a4fb09c1-8068-4bb1-814f-26fa8fff6d1f

May 21-27 is National Emergency Medical Services Week

To all EMS workers: “This year we were the 2nd busiest ED in Washington State. We couldn’t have done it without the excellent care you provide to our community in the field!!! Thank you for your continued commitment to excellent care for all of our patients”
–Kim Bersing, Emergency Department Manager.

Together we do great things! In the past year, Emergency Medical Services helped provide care for over 230 of our patients who had a heart attack- including 178 emergent PCIs, and almost 200 patients who had a stroke. Our partnership with EMS ensures that Virginia Mason Memorial will continue to be the leading provider of care for both Heart Attack and Stroke in Yakima County.

Virginia Mason Memorial is a member of the Washington Emergency Cardiac & Stroke System, a Level I Cardiac Center
and a Level II Stroke Center.

Did you know that young people can have high blood pressure, too?

High blood pressure doesn’t just happen to older adults and neither does stroke. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, a condition that is on the rise among younger people. The increased risk for stroke among young adults is because of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes—conditions that are preventable and treatable through lifestyle changes.  Learn more here.  https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-stroke-prevention.asp

Mothers have a unique risks when it comes to high blood pressure.

Women with high blood pressure who become pregnant may have complications during pregnancy.  High blood pressure can harm a mother’s kidneys and other organs, as well as put baby at risk for early delivery and lower birth weight. If you have high blood pressure and are planning to become pregnant, you should take steps to lower your blood pressure before becoming pregnant.

Learn more about hypertension here. https://yakimamemorial.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Topic.aspx?TopicID=a4fb09c1-8068-4bb1-814f-26fa8fff6d1f