Sharp Advice: Heart Health - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/19/06

Sharp Advice: Heart Health

Last January,I received a very definite wake-up call concerning my health. At a morning shoot around at the University of Oklahoma, I suddenly found myself on the gym floor hooked up to a defibrillator. That will get your attention. During the next couple of weeks I went through a series of tests including an angiogram which concluded that, luckily, my problem could be controlled by medication and learning to control stress levels.

I learned that stress and high blood pressure, which are actually closely related, are called the silent killers. I believe that now.

"It's a hormonal thing. When you feel a lot of stress, certain hormones like epinephren are secreted into your bloodstream and those help raise blood pressure by themselves. So, if you have high blood pressure and are under a lot of stress, that's going to aggravate the situation." said Steven Berk, MD.

Dr. Berk is the new dean of the School of Medicine at Texas Tech. He says my problem is very common. At least a fourth of adults have high blood pressure, and many don't even know it. I hope you will learn to control your stress levels and make sure that you regularly check your blood pressure.

Take it from me, when your heart is involved, we cannot afford to do anything else. Next week, I'll look at how you can reduce your stress levels. Reporting for NewsChannel 11, I'm Marsha Sharp with Sharp Advice From Texas Tech University.

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