Tenayistilign Tips : Hypertension

  • More than one in three adults worldwide have raised blood pressure.
  • In many countries in Africa, > 40% of adults  are estimated to have high blood pressure (World Health Organization Report).
  • Hypertension is the term for high blood pressure, that the circulating blood applies to the inner walls of the arteries.
  • Untreated high blood pressure causes strain and damage to heart and arteries leading to increased risk of heart failure, heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
  • Pre-hypertension >120/80 but <140/90 mmHg
  • Hypertension  ≥ 140/90 mmHg
  • Treatment starts with life style changes such as low salt diet, fruits and vegetables, physical activity, avoiding harmful use of alcohol ( no more than one  drink a day).
  • Goal blood pressure :

–        If you have diabetes or kidney disease <130/80 mmHg

–        If you do not have diabetes or kidney disease <140/90 mmHg

About Tenayistilign

I am a physician trained at Jimma Institute of Health Sciences ( now Jimma University, in Jimma, Ethiopia) and Wayne State University ( Detroit, MI, USA). I teach and practice General Nephrology/Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation in the USA.
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