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Sioux Falls gets "wake up call" for high blood pressure

by Pamela M. on Friday, August 23, 2013

The results are in - and high blood pressure remains a significant health concern for the Sioux Falls community.  The city of Sioux Falls LiveWell initiative "Big Squeeze" recently screened nearly 8,000 people for high blood pressure, more than 3 times the number screened two years ago. Of those screened, 59 percent had either "at risk" or "high-risk" blood pressure readings.  Additionally, of those in the high-risk category, about 60 percent had been told by their doctors that they have high blood pressure, but have not take the steps necessary to bring it under control. 

“What we need is a big wake-up call,” said Amy Olson, Director of Corporate Health for Avera McKennan.  Olson stated that while some risk factors for high blood pressure are hereditary, the condition is also a product of a sedentary lifestyle with diets high in fat, carbohydrates and sodium. 

For more on the results of this initiative, CLICK HERE

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