Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Hyper-what? Why Does My Doc Keep Hounding Me about My Blood Pressure?

Published in Wellness Tag: David Ross, MD,MBA  

Hyper-what?  Why does my doc keep hounding me about my blood pressure? Let’s take the confusion out of high blood pressure by pretending your cardiovascular system is nothing but a system of the following three parts:

  • Pump
  • Pipes
  • Filter

The Pump:
If any pump is required to push against higher pressures long enough, it is more likely to fail earlier than it’s intended service life.  This is true for the heart as well.  Don’t let this be you!

The Pipes:
One particular area in your body that has delicate pipes is your brain.  If these pipes are subjected to high pressures long term, they are far more likely to burst.  When this occurs, we call it a stroke.  Don’t let this be you!

The Filter:
Think of a fine screen filter, designed to remove the smallest impurities.  The finest filters are usually not tough like a metal screen, and this is true for the kidneys as well.  If the kidneys are fed lots of fluid at low pressure like your garden hose, they are pretty happy.  If you blast them with the high pressure nozzle, however, it will cause damage and cause your filter to fail.  Don’t let this be you!

Protect your pump, your pipes, and your filter.  Don’t let the “silent killer”, also known as high blood pressure, creep up on you!