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Meet Mary Ellen Gannon

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  Mary Ellen Gannon
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About Mary Ellen

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Age:
 72
Blood Pressure:
 170/90 mmHg

Why are you concerned about high blood pressure?

"I found out that I had high blood pressure when I was 57. Now I have problems with keeping my systolic pressure — the pressure when my heart beats — under control.

What are some steps you will take to lower your high blood pressure?

"My doctor said physical activity will help me lose weight and keep my blood pressure under control. Recently, a little gardening has been my only exercise, and I want to get moving!"

How will you achieve your blood pressure goals?

"I've just talked my friend Ruth into signing up for a water aerobics class for seniors at the YMCA."

What's your toughest challenge?

"I know that sometimes it's not easy to stick to an exercise schedule. I also have to buy a new bathing suit. Oh my!"

Quotable quote: "It's never too late to take better care of yourself!"


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