FNP-BC, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science, Nursing
In April, 2014, Greenville Medical Clinic (GMC) opened its doors with a philosophy, a goal, and far more dedication than working capital! For Toni Silver, owner and Family Nurse Practitioner (advanced-practice registered nurse) GMC fulfilled a lifetime dream...
Hypertension has been dubbed "the silent killer" because many times, there are no symptoms. Some may experience headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds, but these may not occur until the blood pressure has climbed to dangerously high levels. Frequent monitoring of blood pressure is recommended, and usually performed whenever you see a medical professional. There are also blood pressure monitors available for free at many pharmacies so that you can check it yourself between doctor visits.
Primary (or essential hypertension) has no specific cause and tends to develop gradually over the years.
Secondary hypertension may be caused by any number of underlying medical conditions to include:
Obstructive sleep apnea
Adrenal gland tumors
Certain defects in blood vessels
Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use
Age. The risk of high blood pressure increases as you age.
Race. High blood pressure is more common among blacks, and often develops at an earlier age than it does in whites. Serious complications, such as stroke, heart attack and kidney failure, also are more common in blacks.
Family history. High blood pressure tends to run in families.
Not being physically active. People who are inactive tend to have higher heart rates.
Smoking. This can cause your arteries to narrow, increasing your blood pressure. Secondhand smoke also can increase your blood pressure.
Too much salt (sodium). Too much sodium in your diet can cause your body to retain fluid, which increases blood pressure.
Too little potassium. Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium in your cells. If you don't get enough potassium in your diet or retain enough potassium, you may accumulate too much sodium in your blood.
Too much alcohol. Over time, heavy drinking can damage your heart. Having more than two drinks a day for men and more than one drink a day for women may affect your blood pressure.
Stress. High levels of stress can lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure.
What You Can Do
Have your blood pressure monitored by medical professionals once a year. Between appointments, check it yourself at your community pharmacy. Your doctor may recommend a medication to help control chronic high blood pressure.
If you smoke, make a plan to quit. Ask your doctor if you feel you need help.
If you drink more than a couple of drinks a day, cut back on your alcohol consumption.
Make changes in your diet that will reduce your salt intake and include healthier choices in general.
Increase your activity level.
Try to reduce your stress level.
Try to make these lifestyle changes in order to avoid the very serious consequences of high blood pressure.
Now Scheduling Appointments for Free Blood Pressure Screenings at Local Community Churches and Community Centers
Call 864-987-9919 today for details and scheduling
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, one of every three adults today has hypertension, also know as high blood pressure. In order to educate and assist the public regarding this life-threatening condition, we are providing free blood pressure screenings to local church communities in Greenville. We are taking screening appointments now for January and can assist your community members after any church service. To reserve your date and time, please call today 864-987-9919.
A lot of safety tips regarding New Year’s Eve are basically common sense. For example, drinking and driving deserves a resounding “NO.” Not on New Years. Not ever! So, for this New Year’s message, we chose to provide some other safety tips you may not think about, some common occurrences on New Year’s Eve that are not necessarily common sense!
Don't put your drink down anywhere! Keep it with you. And whatever you do, don’t leave it at a table and then come back to it. While New Year’s Eve is typically good fun, someone could actually spike a drink while it’s unattended.
When popping champagne bottles, always aim the cork away from people.
Even if you plan to have only a couple of drinks, assign a designated driver to take you around. Make sure it’s a driver you are certain is willing to remain alcohol-free for the night.
When attending events, be aware of your surroundings at all times.
This is important; you may be drinking around people you don’t know in a place you haven't been before.
Never go to these types of public events alone. In fact, it is best to go with and stay in groups.
Finally, be sure to have a communication device (cell phone, laptop, etc.) in case you need it.
Sudden loud noises will stress and frighten pets and can cause them to run away in a panic, bite people, and even get hit by cars or cause accidents. Be sure to give pets extra attention on New Year’s Eve by implementing safeguards like these:
Make sure all fences and gates are secure.
Make sure pets have on an ID, a license, or a microchip that is current.
If your animal has shown signs of extreme uneasiness in the past, ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers.
Keep pets INSIDE, and consider putting them in a familiar room, with comforting music playing to drown out scary noises.
“It's a Wonderful Life” is the timeless Christmas story of a disillusioned and disappointed man who, through the intervention of an angel, saw what the world would be like if he had never been born. It was a dark and hostile place. He began to realize that he could after all make a difference and that life was worth living. He really had a wonderful life!
Celebrating Christmas is about the entrance of God into the world to redeem sinners like you and me. What would our world be like if Christ had not been born? We would have no hope. Despair and hopelessness would characterize our lives. But, thank God, Christ came! God became man. Light shattered the darkness. Hope conquered despair.
It is our prayer this Christmas season that you would experience the life-changing message of the Gospel: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Thank you for visiting our clinic for your medical needs. We count it a privilege to serve and care for you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! From Toni Silver and the Staff at the Greenville Medical Clinic.
Excitement is in the air! Find the perfect gifts. Go to all the parties. Decorate. Cook. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can lift the spirits of many. For others, the holidays are a dreaded time. Family issues leave many feeling isolated. Loss of a loved one, loss of a job, and other disappointments prey on our minds. Overspending can lead to financial problems. Overeating can lead to weight gain. Over-drinking can lead to depression and make all problems worse. Changing your expectations and addressing these issues are key to getting through the holidays. Look for more tips in the coming weeks on managing these holiday stressors on our website and Facebook page.
Today, let's focus on managing our time and energy.
Ah, December! That time of year when mashed potaties and sweets are everywhere. That time of year we bring out our stretchy pants or unbutton after a huge meal. But the after-effects are long-lasting: Weight gain, bloat, indigestion, diarrhea, high blood sugars. It takes a bit of planning ahead, but you can indulge yourselve without going overboard. Here are some easy tips to keep you on track.
Don't arrive hungry. Eat your regular meals and snacks during the day so that you won't be starving when you get to the party table.
Prepare food that you know you can eat. Then peruse the selections and eat what you really want. No need to load your plate with salad if you really adore beef sliders. Allow yourself to have A slider. In other words, moderation. And no seconds allowed!
Practice mindful eating. Pause and ask yourself: Is it worth it? How will I feel physically after I eat this? What will I think of myself later if I eat this now?
According to the Alzheimer's Organization, these are the ten early signs of the disease:
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality
If you observe any of these signs in a loved one, it is important not to ignore them, but to schedule an appointment with a family doctor right away. They have several tests they can administer to help determine the presence and severity of Alzheimer's. There are medications to aid memory loss, sleep, and behavior.
Offering consultation, prescriptions, blood work and testing, referral to associated physicians and more
$30 Fee Paid by Debit or Cash
Online pre-registration medical form available
50-C Parkins Mill Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
Always welcome: 864.987.9919
The better we understand your symptoms and issues the better we can treat you and speed recovery.
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