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June 2018 - Blood Pressure

  • High blood pressure can have serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, which is Montana’s leading cause of death.
  • The cutoff for high blood pressure was recently redefined.  The new guidelines lower the goal to less than 130/80 mmHg; it’s ideal to have blood pressure less than 120/80 mmHg.  This means nearly half of all adults in the US may now have high blood pressure.
  • Take action to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by controlling high blood pressure or measuring your blood pressure at home.

May 2018 - Arthritis

March 2018 - Type 1 Diabetes

  • Type 1 diabetes (formerly juvenile diabetes) is an autoimmune disease that can develop at any age and the number of cases continues to rise each year.
  • Signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes can mimic a passing mild illness.  Undiagnosed and untreated type 1 diabetes can lead to major complications, coma or death.
  • If you or a family member has type 1 diabetes team up with your local diabetes educator to help you manage your diabetes and live a full life.

January 2018 - Pet Ownership

May 2017 - Arthritis

  • About 24 million adults with arthritis are limited in their everyday activities, such as holding a cup, lifting a grocery bag, or walking to a car.
  • In Montana, one in four adults have reported having arthritis, while 46% report being limited in their usual activities because of joint symptoms.
  • Proven physical activity and self-management education programs can reduce or manage arthritis pain without prescription opioids or other drugs. 

May 2017 - Stroke Awareness

  • Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term adult disability.
  • Telestroke equipment in rural Montana hospitals connects patients to a stroke specialist during a stroke emergency.
  • Know the stroke signs and symptoms, and call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you’re with may be having a stroke.

February 2017 - Blood Pressure

  • In the US, 75 million adults have high blood pressure; only about one-half have it controlled.
  • Most adult Montanans that know their blood pressure is high report taking medicine for their condition, but less than two-thirds have it controlled.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to take your medicine the right dose, right time, and in the right way for better control of your high blood pressure.