For the first time in my life, I have
high blood pressure and I became aware of this quite by
The Medical Center of Middle Georgia recently
held a free health at Macon Mall, so I decided to drop
in and get my blood pressure, cholesterol level, and
blood sugar checked. Everything was
fine but my blood pressure. To my surprise,
it was high (165/100). In fact, the
nurse checked it a second time to make sure it was
She advised me to see my personal physician. It had been over
a year since my last appointment and I had gained about
35 pounds since that time. When I saw my doctor
(Dr. Walter Hutchings), he checked my blood pressure and
it was still the same (165/100).
Dr. Hutchings advised strongly that I
walk each day, exercise, change my diet (watch my sodium
intake), and begin taking my high blood pressure
He advised me that if you’re blood pressure stays
high for a long time, it could damage the blood vessels
in your heart.
High blood pressure can also cause strokes and
I have a follow-up
appointment in 30 days.
The prevalence of hypertension (high
blood pressure) in African Americans is among the
highest in the world. Poorly controlled hypertension can
lead to a variety of serious health problems including
strokes, heart disease, and kidney failure. African Americans suffer from the complications
of hypertension at alarmingly high rates and often, do
not receive treatment until the blood pressure has been
elevated for many years and has already begun to damage
organs in the body.
Data reveal that compared to the
general population, African Americans have:
An 80% higher death rate
associated with strokes due to hypertension.
A 50% higher death rate
associated with heart disease due to
A 320% higher death rate
associated with end-stage kidney disease.
This was a wake-up call to me. Please get your
blood pressure checked today. The only way
that we can beat hypertension is to tackle it
head-on. If you find that you have high blood pressure,
make lifestyle changes and take your medication if your
doctor prescribes it.
Dr. Hutchings has assured me
that if I lose 20 pounds, I should no longer have
to take medication. I will lose
20 pounds or more. My life is