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Are You in Control?

May 18, 2017, 11:44 AM

Lowell Bunger works with Gwen Weghorst, RN, in the cardiac rehab program at GRMC.According to Blood Pressure UK, controlling your blood pressure is important. The higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of health problems in the future.

Did you know that high blood pressure causes extra strain on your arteries? Artery strain has a multitude of effects, including thickening of arteries; decrease in artery flexibility; increasing weakness; and narrowing passageways, resulting in clogging of the arteries. It is vital that your body has clear arteries in order for energy and oxygen to travel smoothly throughout your body. Damage to your arteries can cause life-threatening complications like heart attack, kidney disease, dementia, and in some cases, stroke.

The potential effects of high blood pressure are alarming and all too real. Being aware of the importance of controlling your blood pressure and how to do so puts you at lower risk for these complications and helps you pave the way to a healthier lifestyle.

Take heart – literally – there are many ways to control and lower your blood pressure in order to create less strain on your arteries. Being conscious of diet, exercise, and weight are essential in this process. Grinnell Regional Medical Center has the resources to help you help yourself.

GRMC is equipped with a Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program that provides exercise and educational instruction to patients with diagnosed heart disease who have experienced a major heart event.  Gwen Weghorst, RN, administers care in the form of education and monitored exercise sessions following a heart event.

Take control of your future. Control your blood pressure following a major heart event with assistance from Gwen and GRMC’s cardiac rehab program. For more information call 641-236-2411, email the cardiac/pulmonary rehab nurse at, or check us out online. Grinnell Regional Medical Center is here when you need us.