Jean Claude Nord
11/12/08 Nord 1
Many people in this world have health and medical problems that they know and
don’t know about. There are so many medical situations and diagnosis’s that it would
take forever to explain each one. I, Jean Claude, have health problems. I recently found
out that I have high blood pressure, and kidney problems. It was a lot to take in, however,
I am doing what I need to get better and reduce my health problems.
High blood pressure, also know as Hypertension, is a repeatedly elevated blood
pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg- a systolic pressure about 140 with a diastolic
pressure above 90. It means high pressure (tension) in the arteries. An elevation of the
systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart (cardiac)
disease, kidney (renal) disease, hardening of the arteries, eye damage, and stroke (brain
damage). High blood pressure is called “the silent killer”, because it often causes no
symptoms for many years, even decades, until it finally damages certain critical organs.
People at risk for high blood pressure, often occur more often in African Americans than
in Caucasian or Hispanic American adults. African- Americans often have more severe
high blood pressure, are more likely to be aware that they have HBP, and to get
treatment. Also, obesity or overweight people develop high blood pressure, and high
blood pressure is often hereditary. A family history of high blood pressure raises your
risk for the condition. Long-lasting also can put you at risk, along with gender. Women
are less likely to get high blood pressure then men.
How I take care of my blood pressure is I take my two different kinds of blood...