FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Amy Johnston at 706/828-2397.
Open Communication Between Patient
and Physician Important to Controlling Hypertension
May 29, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – Havon Knight, M.D., an internal medicine physician who practices at University Hospital, spoke to 80 attendees May 28 at a free community education class sponsored by the hospital.
More American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure) and pre-hypertension than ever before and the number continues to rise, Dr. Knight said.
The physician believes the first step in getting this epidemic under control is to have a good open relationship with your primary care physician. Once this is established, a plan can be put in place to help patients get their blood pressure under control. This could include one or all of the following:
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Losing weight if you are overweight.
- Exercising more.
- Eating foods low in salt.
- Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation, if you drink at all.
- Medication if necessary.
For more information on hypertension or to find a physician, call University’s ASK-A-NURSE at 706/737-8423.