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Controlling High Blood Pressure Benefits Mind and Body

11/02/16

  02:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care

Controlling High Blood Pressure Benefits Mind and Body

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When discussing hypertension, we tend to focus on its physical effects, such as its link to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But doctors warn that high blood pressure may affect your mental capacity as well.

According to HealthDay News, a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association warns that having high blood pressure may increase one's risk of dementia. Statement author Dr. Costantino Iadecola said that hypertension is "the worst possible thing for the brain," as damage to its blood vessels leads to hardening of the arteries and an inability to control blood flow critical to normal brain operations.

While high blood pressure is a pervasive condition (about 1 in every 3 American adults have it), it's also treatable through such basic lifestyle changes as a healthier diet and regular exercise, as well as prescribed medication. Equally useful for individuals is having access to a proven worksite wellness program for advice and motivation.

Through MedBen WellLiving, plan members have a two-pronged approach to controlling high blood pressure and other chronic conditions: primary prevention that promotes annual wellness exams and building a doctor-patient relationship, which allows earlier detection and treatment; and specialty care that identifies high-risk members and offers individualized coaching from registered nurses.

For the employer, WellLiving provides regular reports, one of which includes their population’s compliance with various wellness categories and nurse coaching calls.

Effective preventive care addresses the body and mind alike, and helps employers promote a healthier workplace, which in turn leads to increased productivity and reduced absenteeism. Learn more about the benefits of MedBen WellLiving by contacting Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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