| Posted On Jan 02, 2019 | By:

Six Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for diagnosing and treating high blood pressure, also called hypertension, in late 2017. These most recent guidelines recommend that blood pressure should now be treated when it is higher than 130/80, rather than the previous 140/90. Under these new guidelines, it’s estimated that half of the U.S. population has high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, often referred to as the “silent killer,” often has no warning signs or symptoms.

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| Posted On Sep 21, 2016 | By:

The Importance of Managing High Blood Pressure

“My Doctor told me my blood pressure is too high – should I really be concerned?”

Yes, you absolutely should!

Many people have high blood pressure, and it therefore can be easy to think that this problem isn’t a big deal or is just a natural consequence of aging. This, however, is absolutely not the case.

High blood pressure or hypertension has been given the ominous label,

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| Posted On May 10, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Recognized by CDC and CMS as Million Hearts® 2015 Hypertension Control Champion

Million Hearts®, a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recognized Atrius Health as a winner of its 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge. Atrius Health is one of 18 Hypertension Control Champions nationwide and one of two health systems in Massachusetts recognized this year for its evidence-based strategies to help patients achieve blood pressure control rates at or above 70 percent.

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| Posted On Sep 10, 2015 | By:

Blood Pressure by the Numbers

119/79, 120/80, 140/90. No, these aren’t the winning lotto numbers, but they are numbers you should remember. They are key in understanding your blood pressure reading and they represent very real and very important facts about your health.

Blood pressure, by definition, measures the force pushing outwards on your arterial walls. As your heart pumps blood throughout the body, it pushes the blood up against the walls of the blood vessels;

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| Posted On Nov 24, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health demonstrates highest quality scores in New England for Medicare beneficiaries

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and the other medical groups in Atrius Health demonstrated the achievement of the highest scores for quality in New England among Pioneer ACOs and second highest scores for quality nationally among Pioneer ACOs when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released scores for quality among the 237 organizations participating in a new model of caring for Medicare beneficiaries. Atrius Health is one of 23 organizations nationally participating in the highly selective Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2013 | By:

Asking the Right Questions When You Have Chronic Kidney Disease

In the United States, 26 million adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which makes it harder for the kidneys to filter waste from the blood. CKD is an important health issue that can be under-recognized by patients and doctors, as it often progresses gradually with no obvious signs or symptoms until it has advanced to a late stage.  It is often linked to diabetes or hypertension, and symptoms include decreased energy, muscle cramps, and swollen feet and ankles. 

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| Posted On Aug 12, 2011 | By:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine problem – it is caused by a hormone imbalance in the body – as well as the most common cause of infertility in women.  PCOS affects 6.5 to 8 percent of women, and the prevalence is 3-4 times higher in overweight or obese women, as weight gain is a symptom of PCOS.  It is important to know that PCOS is a syndrome, not a disease,

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| Posted On May 27, 2011 | By:

Do you know if you have high blood pressure? You should.

It seems like every month is an awareness month, and May is no exception.  This month is Hypertension Awareness Month.  Although that’s not something that rolls off the tongue too easily, I feel it’s so important for everybody to understand it. 

So, if you are 18 or older, or know or care about someone who is 18 or older, listen up!  Give me ten minutes of your time – you may help save a life. 

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