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Real-life Stories About High Blood Pressure

Mary Ellen Gannon

Mary Ellen Gannon
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Name: Mary Ellen Gannon
Age: 72
Blood Pressure: 170/90 mmHg

Why are you concerned about high blood pressure?

“I found out that I had high blood pressure when I was 57. Now I have problems with keeping my systolic pressure—the pressure when my heart beats—under control.”

What are some steps you will take to lower your high blood pressure?

“My doctor said physical activity will help me lose weight and keep my blood pressure under control. Recently, a little gardening has been my only exercise, and I want to get moving!”

How will you achieve your blood pressure goals?

“I’ve just talked my friend Ruth into signing up for a water aerobics class for seniors at the YMCA.”

What’s your toughest challenge?

“I know that sometimes it’s not easy to stick to an exercise schedule. I also have to buy a new bathing suit. Oh my!”

Quotable quote: “It’s never too late to take better care of yourself!”

Ron Tucker

Ron Tucker
Photo: NHLBI

Name: Ron Tucker
Age: 42
Blood Pressure: 150/96 mmHg

What are some steps you will take to lower your high blood pressure?

“For one thing, my doctor says I’ve got to cut down on the sodium in my diet, so my goal is to really watch what I eat.”

How will you achieve your blood pressure goals?

“No more grabbing a burger and fries at a fast food joint for lunch, starting now. My wife Monica already volunteered to fix some new recipes — if I help.”

What’s your toughest challenge?

“I’m always on the run at lunchtime, and I’ve got to figure out some good options besides fast food.”

Quotable quote: “You’re looking at a guy who’s getting back in control!”

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Fall 2011 Issue: Volume 6 Number 3 Page 13a