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Communication Vital to Control Hypertension May 29, 2009

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.

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