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Under Pressure: Why High Blood Pressure Matters

Today marks the first day of American Heart Month. This year, Lexington Medical Center is focusing on high blood pressure. At least one in three South Carolinians has high blood pressure – and some don’t even know. In this WLTX interview, physician assistant Brittany Chestnut of Sandhills Family Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about why knowing your blood pressure numbers is so important.

~Systolic is the top number of your blood pressure reading. That refers to the amount of pressure pushed against the arteries when the heart is pushing out blood during a heartbeat.

~Diastolic is the bottom number that measures pressure between heartbeats.

~Ideal blood pressure is under 120/80.

~It’s important for patients to monitor their blood pressure at home with an accurate cuff, decrease sodium and caffeine intake, exercise and maintain a healthy weight.

~In the long-term, high blood pressure causes arteries to become rigid and damaged. Over time, that impacts every artery and vessel in the body, which can impact every organ system.

~High blood pressure complications can include heart attacks, strokes, vision loss and even sexual dysfunction.

To take a high blood pressure quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Welcome Dr. Rebecca McNair

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Rebecca B. McNair, MD, to its network of care. She will practice at Sandhills Family Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice conveniently located in the hospital’s community medical center in downtown Lexington.

Rebecca McNair, MD

Rebecca McNair, MD

Dr. McNair most recently practiced as a family physician for Clarendon Health Systems. In addition to patient care, she collaborated on the development of policies for outpatient clinics and served as an attending instructor for medical and physician assistant students from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

A summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., Dr. McNair graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. She then completed her family medicine internship and residency.

A member of the American Medical Association and Columbia Medical Society, Dr. McNair is board certified and an American Academy of Family Physicians Fellow.

She also has additional certifications in advanced cardiac life support, basic cardiac life support, neonatal resuscitation and pediatric advanced life support, and is a certified medical examiner.

Dr. McNair joins the board-certified physicians at Sandhills Family Medicine to provide comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. The practice has served the Lexington community for more than 30 years.

Now Accepting Patients
SandhillsFamilyMedicine.com

811 West Main Street, Suite 207
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 358-6420