Hypertension: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Controlling your blood pressure may not be at the top of your to do list. However, according to heart health experts, it probably should be. Hypertension – or high blood pressure – is often called a ‘silent killer’ because it often doesn't have symptoms and many people don't even know they have it.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 28 percent of Montanans have been told that they have hypertension. This is consistent with the national average of about 30 percent. While hypertension cannot be cured, it can be controlled with a combination of medication and smart lifestyle changes.

Farming and ranching are high-pressure jobs-it's just part of the deal. But high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease, so it's vital to keep yours under control. Work with your health care provider to monitor your blood pressure and medication, take steps to maintain normal body weight, do a variety of physical activities, and reduce sodium intake to prevent serious health problems. Don't bet the farm on uncontrolled blood pressure.

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Gallatin County Extension.

**The Gallatin County Extension Office now has two blood pressure monitoring cuffs for you to use during open business hours (M-F 8am-5pm, closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm). Stop in today to check your blood pressure and recieve a free "My Blood Pressure" Wallet Card.

** Please join us in June for a free healthy lunch and presentation on the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Eating Plan. Dates, times, and location will be announced shortly. Contact the Belgrade Extension Office at (406) 388-2313 with questions about this lunch-and-learn session.