St. Matthias offers blood pressure screenings and monitering for all.
It is offered on most Thursdays after the after the school mass at 8:30 and on hospitality weekends.
Or you may call the Parish Nurse Wanda Nye, RN, at 414-545-4281 for an individual blood pressure check in.
Did you get your blood pressure checked in the last 6 months?
If not call Wanda 414-982-2408 for an appointment or see me in Steiger Hall during hospitality weekend on Sunday. I will check your blood pressure.
Your blood pressure consists of two numbers systolic/diastolic
Systolic is the high point during a heart contraction.
Diastolic is the low point, between heart beats.
Remember High Blood Pressure is called the “Silent Killer”
Usually you cannot feel that your blood pressure is elevated.
Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80
Prehypertension is 120-139/ 80-89
If you have prehypertension you can make lifestyle changes that may help you to prevent getting hypertension that will require medication.
Some changes include:
– limit salt to 1,500 milligrams per day, [that is about 3/4 of a teaspoon of salt].
– Eating a DASH diet, [Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension].
More fruits, vegies, whole grains and limiting fats.
– Stay active, aim for 30 minutes of walking per day.
– Stress management.
– Maintain a healthy weight.
– Stop smoking.
The above items are helpful for anyone with Blood Pressure issues.
Hypertension stage 1 is 140-159/ 90-99
You will need medication to help this get into control.
Hypertension stage 2 is blood pressure 160 or higher over/100 or higher.
You may need more than one medication to get this in control.
If you are concerned about your blood pressure please call me.
Wanda Nye RN, your parish nurse
In partnership with Aurora Health Care