February 28, 2020
Living with Hypertension

Living with Hypertension

Wallace: I went into the emergency room for
another problem. I had chest pains and I went in for that, and once I found out I was in there for
chest pains it just turned out to be gas in my chest but they told me I had, I was a diabetic and I had hypertension too so I didn’t know until I went in for another reason.
Bobbie: I kept complaining of a headache. To my neighbor and my neighbors said after two or three days of this headache
that I should probably go to emergency and have it checked out, which I did. Come to find out how I had high blood pressure and I was pretty young. I was either 26 or
27 years old. Wallace: I was in disbelief but really once you know my mother has it,
grandmother had it grand daddy, you know uncles…I was in disbelief that I didn’t wanna believe that I had too.
Bobbie: My family was there with me. I was very happy they were there and
when they left I began to, I think worry a lot because I don’t want to be left alone. I end up having a stroke that night
which I didn’t know until the next day because they took me
to the neurologist and he confirmed that I had had two
strokes Dr. Clarke: Probably the most important tip to
get somebody who’s just been diagnosed with hypertension is that I it’s it’s a manageable disease. It’s not a death
sentence. You’re going to have to make some lifestyle changes which tends to be the
most difficult for patients do is lifestyle changes.
Dr. Meyers: Quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol use if you use
alcohol. Making sure that your sodium the sodium content in your diet is low
because sodium or salt can really contribute to
high blood pressure Dr: Williams: One of the things that we do when we talk to
our patients about eating a low salt diet is we have a diagram where we kinda show them what are considered lower sodium foods moderately sodium foods and high sodium foods I don’t tell
’em always just avoid the high sodium foods but
those are the things they have to be careful of and limit how much of those things they have.
Wallace: I don’t use salt period. yep no salt whatsoever for me. So the food that I eat is no salt. Like I said, the only salt or sodium I end up eating is if I open up a can of something.
Bobbie: I try to eat the right foods. I…salt is not good for me, for anyone with high blood pressure so I
try to stay away from the salts. Away from the fats because you have your kidney, your cholesterol everything
is outta whack when you’re doing wrong and I love those wrong things that are
not right for me so I’m doing the best that I can right now with my foods.
Dr. Meyers: So I’m telling somebody they have an illness when and they have no symptoms. And so it’s hard to make it a priority when there’s a
hundred other things going on in your life. Dr. Clarke: You can be completely asymptomatic. You can feel fine. You can feel great and you can be a ticking time bomb, just
waiting. I think whenever I hear about somebody
you know I was feeling great then all of a sudden, I had a stroke.
Dr. Williams: African-Americans experience higher blood pressure rates we don’t know always know why. It tends to be more genetic. It runs stronger in families. a higher salt diet, not being able to get the healthy foods, fruits and vegetables,
fresh meats that other communities may get. You know we don’t always know what the answer that question is.
Dr. Meyers: For um hispanics as well as
african-americans, their risks are higher both of having hypertension and the
complications from hypertension. I don’t think you really can prevent
high blood pressure especially if it’s genetic. If both of your parents have it if all your grandparents have it and all your
brothers and sisters have it, you probably will eventually. unless you’re really lucky, end up with high blood pressure so genetics plays a huge role.
Dr. Meyers: In addition to those risk factors, we also talk about the risk factors if you have high blood pressure and
these are the ones that put you at higher risk of developing complications from the
high blood pressure so heart disease, kidney failure, stroke and those are the ones that we just
mentioned that put you at higher risk of getting high blood pressure but also cholesterol having high
cholesterol also make the high blood pressure more
dangerous for you as does having diabetes. Having
diabetes and high blood pressure together don’t just add on their effects, they actually multiply
their effects.
Dr. Clarke: Eating a healthy diet maintaining a healthy weight and
exercising. I have seen patients that have done
these things and had a a severe family history, a long family
history of hypertension and have been able to stay off blood pressure medicine for a longer period of time then they probably would have if they had, if
they were overweight if they weren’t exercising if they were
eating a high sodium meal.
Wallace: Watch out for it, for one thing. Like I say, it can be hereditary or the way you live your life could make
you become …you know, have high blood pressure. Bobbie: I’ve experienced the high blood
pressures and it is not an easy task. You have to really be careful with what you eat. Be able to, be very honest with yourself and take your
medicine. Do not be a doctor to yourself. You must take it seriously.

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