High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure.

It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action.

Patients can often sleep better by improving their “sleep hygiene”.  This includes measures such as regular aerobic exercise, not eating late at night, avoiding caffeinated products (coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate) in the evenings, take a warm bath before bed, avoiding alcohol (which inhibits REM sleep), avoiding daytime naps/dozing and using the bed only for sleep (don’t read or watch TV in bed).  Sleeping pills are not a good long term solution for poor sleep habits.

Everywhere You Look

Dr. Paul Jones and his wife, Susan, serve the community well beyond their primary medical missions.

Gulfshore Life

March 2015


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February 5, 2015

Dear Friend and Colleagues,

One important reason NCH has continued to thrive—even as the healthcare environment has become more precarious—is the support we get from the fourteen community leaders who compose the NCH Board of Trustees.

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