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SOURCE: The CareGiver Partnership
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, as recognized by the National Institutes of Health. Physician assistant Dianna Malkowski of The CareGiver Partnership explains the relationship between high blood pressure and incontinence, and offers tips for preventing and controlling hypertension.
Neenah, Wis. (PRWEB) May 09, 2012
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and more than half of the world’s stroke deaths are caused by elevated blood pressure levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A consistent reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered to be high blood pressure, or hypertension.
“High blood pressure can also affect the bladder. Medications can affect the bladder muscles and cause urinary retention and overflow incontinence,” says Dianna Malkowski, physician assistant, nutritionist and professional adviser for The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of home healthcare products. “If heart disease is present, it can cause excessive urine buildup and decreased mobility that makes it difficult to reach the bathroom in time.”
“There are two important elements to controlling and lowering high blood pressure: taking prescribed medications as directed by your doctor, and adopting a healthier lifestyle,” says Malkowski. “Here are some healthy lifestyle tips that even individuals with normal levels can follow to prevent high blood pressure.”
Dianna Malkowski is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Mayo Clinic trained nutritionist specializing in diabetes, cancer, wound healing, therapeutic diets and nutrition support. She serves on the board of professional advisers for The CareGiver Partnership and enjoys working with patients and caregivers alike. Ask Dianna a question.
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