Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 19
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July 20, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 19

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7» July 20, 1975 Sunday G'osette-JfaU Cnar.ei.fcc. iVe High Blood Pressure Can Be Hidden Time Bomb usdly inif eas# tfce socUuw water. The rniautes you im«si in silent killer may mean added years health aod life! By Mtriw Welts Director, /4«*fic*« Pkyiicml Fit- MM Jte«««rc /Mttlnte It's considered a leading cause of heart failure, kidney failure and strokes. It's a major factor in arteriosclerosis and ather- osclerosis and can cause visual difficulties or even cost you your sight. The damage it produces" . . . may well be the nation's leading cause of death." It's more prevalent among blacks than whites, but both are at risk. With early detection and treatment, life- threatening complications of this "silent killer" can often be prevented or minimized, yet tragically, of the 23 million Americans officially estimated to have high blood pressure, some 50 per cent or more don't even know they have it. Fewer still are receiving needed therapy. Are you one of these? AS ONE WELL known authority explains, " . . . there's no way to tell whether you have high blood pressure without being checked. You can feel healthy and look terrific, but you may have been living for years with the hidden time bomb of high blood pressure doing internal damage to your body." Make sure your entire family has blood pressure checked at regular intervals. As blood pressure rises, life expectancy drops. Insurance company statistics have indicated that even pressures on the high side of what some accept as "normal" range carry a greater mortality risk than those at lower levels. Elevated pressures have been discovered in children and teenagers as well as adults. In his book high blood pressure, Dr. Frank Finnerty Jr.. professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical School, recommends a yearly blood pressure check beginning at about age 3 or 4. Regular testing is especially important if you have a family history of high blood pressure, are black, suffer from diabetes or glaucoma, take birth control pills, become pregnant or start menopause. Earthquake Predicted, China Claims (C) New York Timet Service HONG KONG -- Chinese seismologists predicted a powerful earthquake eight months before it actually took place in Northeast China last February, a Chinese magazine has claimed. In its July issue, China Pictorial said that the prediction allowed important precautions to be taken, which enabled casualties and damage to be "greatly reduced." In keeping with its usual practice, Peking has not disclosed any casualty figures for the quake, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale. But four pages of pictures in China Pictorial, the first to be published on the area in Liaoning Province hit by the quake, showed that the damage must have been extensive. The area lies in one of the most important industrial centers of China. According to the magazine, the first warning of the quake came in June, 1974, from the State Seismological Bureau. After the warning, the provincial Communist party committee organized an expanded network of professional and amateur earthquake predicting organizations and gave the people instructions on how to deal with a quake. On the basis on new data, a second warning was issued early this year that "a fairly big earthquake would probably occur in the immediate future." Local authorities then alerted the people to take emergency precautions, and both people and livestock were moved away, the magazine said. Building materials were also stockpiled for repairs. "As a result, casualties and damage caused by the earthquake in this densely populated area were greatly reduced," the magazine said. The magazine gave no details on the method that led to the accurate prediction of the earthquake. fc Y' to Sponsor Minibike Rally The Charleston YMCA will sponsor a minibike rally Aug. 1,2 and 3 on Dave Walters' farm in Putnam County. Trophies, ribbons and shirts will be awarded to participants. The "Y" was recently given 30 new min- ibikes to be used in the program, called NYPUM (National Youth Project Using Minibikes). The program is funded by the U.S. Justice Department and Honda Motor Co. Minibikes are used to attract youths who may be having trouble in school or with the juvenile courts. The program is directed by Jennings Rowe and operates out of the Charleston Housing Authority's Orchard Manor offices. Nursing Workshop Tuesday, Wednesday The West Virginia Hospital Assn. has scheduled a nursing workshop in audit Tuesday and Wednesday at the Daniel Boone Hotel. The workshop will be conducted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. It is designed to help nursing Staffs develop ways if measuring the quality of care. Suppose you already have high blood pressure? In addition to following any medically prescribed treatment, experts say the following practical health measures may lower your chances of suffering complications or help bring blood ressure down. *· Stop smoking. Add smoking to high blood pressure and you multiply health risks. Giving up cigarettes brings health benefits even if you've smoked for years. *· Cooperate with your physician to trim off excess fat and keep it off. In one long- ABCs of Health term study involving naval flight training pilots, "The largest weight gains occurred 'at the same time as the largest increases in blood pressure, and the relationships continued throughout the entire 30 years." » Establish a good physical activity program. Dr. Henry Montoye of the University of Michigan " . . . investigated some 1600 men and found that blood pressures were definitely lower in the more active man. and higher in the sedentary men." Several other studies have indicated that regular exercise may help lower blood pressure. Brisk walking is considered a particularly good exercise. It's best to check with your physician before beginning any new program of physical activity- Limit your salt intake. Dr. Finnerty notes that most Americans ingest several times the estimated daily requirement of sodium. Some 20 years of experiments with rats has convinced Dr. Lewis K. Dahl that a high salt diet may eventually lead to high blood pressure in persons predisposed to the ailment. Comparing populations from different parts of the world, researchers have found " . . . A dramatic- correlation between average daily salt intake and hypertension." Be aware that salt is added to many processed foods. 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