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Silver Cross Hospital offers free blood pressure screening and lecture May 28

New Lenox, IL (May 21, 2013)—  According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute about in 1 in 3 adults in the United States has hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free lecture on hypertension that will educate area residents on what makes them at risk for hypertension and what to do if they find themselves with the condition.

 Dr. Daniel Ramirez, internal medicine physician, will present a free program on Hypertension, on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Hypertension increases your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and even stroke. Dr. Ramirez, will discuss possible causes, complications, and treatment of hypertension. Register to attend this free program at www.silvercross.org or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious condition that can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other illnesses.  Blood pressure is the amount of force blood pushes against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure remains high over time, it can result in high blood pressure or hypertension, damaging the body in many ways. 

“Hypertension usually has no symptoms and often goes undetected for years causing harm to your heart and other parts of your body,” said Daniel Ramirez, M.D., internal medicine physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “For this reason it is so important to have an annual physical exam with your doctor to determine if you have high blood pressure or if you are at risk for having hypertension.” 

Since blood pressure tends to rise with age, following a healthy lifestyle can often delay or prevent people from high blood pressure. People who have high blood pressure can take steps to control it and reduce the risk for related health problems. Many people can improve or maintain a normal blood pressure by following a proper diet (reducing the amount of salt in their diet), maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and limiting their alcohol intake.  However, others may need the help of medication to keep their blood pressure at a healthy level. 

About Dr. Daniel Ramirez

Daniel Ramirez, M.D., board certified internal medicine physician, is a member of the Silver Cross Hospital Medical Staff.  Dr. Ramirez graduated medical school from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed an internal medicine residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  Dr. Ramirez is part of Sanitas Medical Group, S.C.  His office is located at 1301 Copperfield Ave., Suite 203, Joliet. To schedule an appointment, call 815-727-4292. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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