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Human Resources

High Blood Pressure

July 21, 2017

High Blood Pressure

23% of Canadian adults are affected by high blood pressure according to the 2016 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report[1]. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of blood against your blood vessels is too high while circulating throughout your body.[2] Though high blood pressure is somewhat common, not everyone knows if they have hypertension. It is important to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis and consult your health care provider with any concerns. High blood pressure can lead to various health risks if not monitored and well controlled. Possible serious health risks include:[3]

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Dementia
  • Kidney (renal) disease
  • Eye problems (retinopathy)
  • Erectile dysfunction

Several causes of high blood pressure can be controlled. An unhealthy diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and stress are a few causes that can be controlled by lifestyle changes. Our Employee and Family Assistance Program through LifeWorks is a great resource to assist you in making these lifestyle changes.

While some causes of high blood pressure can be controlled, other causes of high blood pressure can’t be such as age and family history. Be proactive, know your family’s history of high blood pressure.[4]

For more information on high blood pressure and how to prevent or control hypertension, visit the Hypertension Canada website here.

STRATA Select Home Phone Program

The STRATA Select Program offers discounts on a variety of products and services. Through West Can, the Home Phone Program provides plans only $14.00 per month, plus 95 cents per month for 911. Plans are also available for subscribers who are heavy long distance users.

Visit your STRATA Select website for details!

Supporting Your Wellness

The LifeWorks website offers a wealth of information and resources to help you make the most of all aspects of your life. For the month of July, LifeWorks is featuring a suite of resources called It Takes a Village.

It Takes a Village showcases the variety of ways in which LifeWorks can support you through all stages of parenthood.

Be sure to visit to take advantage of the 2017 content, including videos, podcasts, audio tips and much more.

For the RRC EFAP User ID and password, please contact Human Resource Services at 204-632-2319, refer to one of the EFAP posters around campus, or click here


[1] Gerber, John and Po, Priscilla. Express Scripts. (2017). Drug Trend Report 2016. Mississauga, Express Scripts Canada, 2017.

[2] What is blood pressure? Retrieved from

[3] Health risks associated with high blood pressure. Retrieved from

[4] What are the causes. Retrieved from