Stroke and high blood pressure

GLENN ELLIS | 6/11/2018, 4:50 p.m.
For years, I have written weekly on matters of health that disproportionately impact our community, in typically negative ways.
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If any of these factors apply to you, your doctor or nurse may decide you need to take blood pressure medicines sooner rather than later. By lowering your blood pressure, you are lowering your overall risk of heart disease and stroke.

It isn’t always easy to accept high blood pressure treatment, especially if you don’t feel ill. However, your medicines are doing an important job in helping to lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Being more active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and arteries in good condition. Being the right weight lowers blood pressure because your heart doesn’t have to work so hard. Losing weight if you need to will help to reduce your blood pressure and heart strain.

By the way, my story had a happy ending.

I went to the emergency room to get treated, and got my pressure down, then made an appointment and went to see my Cardiologist, Dr. Gerald DeVaughn, who prescribed appropriate medications. He told me I would be taking these meds for the next 30 years. I can live with that. Increasing my odds of living another 30 years … not a bad deal.

I can only encourage you all to not miss the next opportunity to get your blood pressure checked when you going from table to table at a health fair, looking for trinkets and cute ink pens.

Hopefully, you will be lucky enough to encounter the loving care of folks like the members of Chi Eta Phi, who I will always believe literally saved my life.

Although White nurses such as Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton are celebrated throughout history, these “Black Nightingales” also deserve to be acknowledged. Their contributions to the medical and nursing professions throughout our communities, since 1932, are just as worthy of recognition.

Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one.

Take good care of yourself and live the best life possible!


The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Glenn Ellis is a Health Advocacy Communications Specialist and is available through http://www.glennellis.com.