Michigan Medics Shine Light on Hypertension

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Competitors were Governor Granholm's administration versus State House Representatives versus State Senate members.

The contest was who averaged the highest blood pressure. Stress can directly affect blood pressure temporarily and chronic stress can lead to on-going high blood pressure.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to numerous medical problems including stroke and heart attack. This is why healthcare providers urge everyone to have their blood pressure checked often. It's estimated high blood pressure affects one in four Michigan adults and many do not even know they are at risk.

As for the contest, House Representatives averaged the highest blood pressure with the administration coming in second. State senators averaged the lowest blood pressure.

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