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Eye Health
"The blood vessels that lead to your
eyes are small and delicate, making them
especially susceptible to the impacts of
hypertension," explains Rashmi Kulkarni,
MD, a primary care provider with GMG's
Covenant Family Medicine. When high
blood pressure damages these blood
vessels, it can lead to:
* Retinopathy: Also known as disease
of the retina, this condition can cause
bleeding in the eye, as well as blurred
vision or even blindness.
* Retinal fluid buildup: In some
cases, damaged blood vessels of the
eye may begin to leak, which can cause
distorted vision or scarring, leading to
permanently impaired vision.
* Nerve damage: If blood vessels in
your eye become blocked, this can affect
the optic nerve-the nerve that connects
the eye to the brain. This can kill nerve
cells, leading to bleeding in the eye, or
loss of vision.

BY THE
NUMBERS

54%

the percentage of
individuals with
hypertension who have
it under control

1 Billion

the number of people
worldwide with high
blood pressure

x2

the amount of blood
pressure cases has doubled
over the last 40 years

80%

the percentage of heart
disease cases that could be
prevented by controlling
high blood pressure

BLOOD
PRESSURE
& OVERALL
HEALTH
The toll that blood pressure takes doesn't
always result in a serious, life-threatening
illness. However, there's no denying that
a seemingly symptomless condition can
seriously impact your quality of life. It
isn't just the health of your heart, brain,
kidneys and eyes, either. It can also
impact the health of your bones, sexual
function and sleep.
With that in mind, it's time
that you take a closer look
at your own numbers. "If
you're one of millions
struggling with high
blood pressure,
make sure to take
action by getting
regular exercise,
eating a healthy diet,
reducing sodium
intake, lowering stress
and not smoking,"
emphasizes Dr. Kulkarni.
"Most importantly, though,
work with your primary
care provider." This is key to
understanding and effectively managing
healthy blood pressure levels.

APPOINTMENTS

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Are My Numbers Normal?
Are they too high, too low or just right? Even though
you've heard your blood pressure numbers dozens, if
not hundreds, of times, it can be difficult to decipher
what they really mean. Get the answers by scheduling
an appointment with a GMG Primary Care provider.
It's as easy as visiting gwinnettmedicalgroup.com/
pcpscheduling.

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