Information about the Coronavirus

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Schedule your COVID-19 test at 203-437-6815.

Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.

Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.

Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.
Health Tips & Topics

How to Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Blood pressure depends on how much blood your heart is pumping and how much resistance there is to blood flow in your arteries. If you have narrow arteries, your blood pressure will be higher.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, makes individuals high-risk for developing a wide variety of other health conditions and diseases, including cardiovascular ones such as heart disease and stroke. Some of these diseases are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Taking steps and making lifestyle changes to avoid high blood pressure is crucial to living a healthy life.

Here are some tips t to help avoid developing high blood pressure:

Be Physically Active
Staying physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight and therefore maintain healthy blood pressure. It is recommended that adults get at least 2
hours and 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise every week.

Have a Healthy Diet
Having a healthy, wholesome diet is key to avoiding High Blood Pressure. Some foods that you should incorporate into your diet that contribute to lower blood pressure include fruits and vegetables. Be sure to create a diet that is rich in potassium, fiber, and protein and low in sodium and saturated fat.

Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight or obese makes an individual high-risk for developing HBP and therefore cardiovascular diseases. To determine if your weight is at a
healthy level, you should calculate your BMI (body mass index). To maintain a healthy weight, it is crucial to maintain a good diet and stay physically active.

Do Not Smoke
Smoking contributes to high blood pressure and therefore cardiovascular diseases as well as a variety of other health conditions. If you do smoke,
quitting will help you avoid high blood pressure and maintain an overall healthy life.

Limit Alcohol Consumption
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can increase your blood pressure. It is recommended that men should have no more than two alcoholic drinks per
day and women should have no more than one alcoholic drink per day.

Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is important because it keeps your heart and your blood pressures healthy and maintains overall good health. Not getting enough restful sleep each night is linked to HBP and cardiovascular diseases.

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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