Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
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The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Health and Wellness Ministry - Blood Pressure - Who, What, When, How and Where - Part II.
Many people often wonder why their blood pressure is checked before various health screenings. What is the purpose? They say they feel “fine.” From dental visits and annual doctor checkups to clinic visits, blood pressure readings continue to be a major part of vital screenings.
Blood Pressure - Who, What, When, How and Where- Part II
Sometimes, if your blood pressure is too high and out of control, medical professionals may refuse to treat you for the planned purpose of your visit. They may route you to a different area, or even send you to the emergency room. This should be a key item when thinking about blood pressure and why it is oftentimes called the “silent killer.” Even if you feel great right now, you should still have your blood pressure checked. Another beneficial way to understand blood pressure is to hear about it from a medical professional with practical experience. After all, we typically learn and grow from experiences (positive or negative.) The following questions were asked of a medical professional with the required education and licenses, practical knowledge, and experience about the importance of monitoring blood pressure.
What are some common misconceptions about blood pressure that you have noticed in your career? Most people don’t really understand what blood pressure means, or what it does to their body. I’ve found that, if you explain the repercussions of high blood pressure to patients, you get a more positive response from them. So, if a doctor tells you that your blood pressure is up and that you need a prescription for medication, you should take it a step further and ask questions. Otherwise, you may start taking the medication and then find that you don’t feel good (or have side effects), which may cause you to stop taking the medication, since your blood pressure has gone down. Or, you may think you only need to take the medication on days when your blood pressure is up. This is not the proper way to take the medication. You must continue taking it to maintain normal levels. If not, your blood pressure may go back up, and it will probably be higher the next time it is checked. Before you know it, your kidneys will be stressed, which could lead to a need for dialysis.
You should also communicate with your physician and ask them to tell you everything you need to know about the medication and what to expect. Let me repeat: Do not simply take the prescription without asking questions. If your doctor doesn’t emphasize the importance of lowering your blood pressure, then ask and don’t make assumptions. Taking care of your blood pressure can be likened to not taking a bath. If you stop taking baths, you will quickly see the effects. Likewise, if you don’t monitor your blood pressure or take your prescribed blood pressure medication, don’t eat the right foods, and don’t exercise, it will eventually lead to noticeable external problems. Blood pressure tends to be mysterious, but it truly is a cause and effect relationship.
Should I rely on Internet articles to understand blood pressure? Most people today tend to search for information and read articles online. However, some older people don’t have access to this information, because they don’t use computers. Considering that older people typically have increased blood pressure problems, and that medical professionals are oftentimes too busy to provide complete explanations, it is important for these older patients to receive correct information that explains the issues surrounding high blood pressure.
This problem can be described as a generation gap in health care. Again, patients need to have access to information and research pertaining to blood pressure, including diet and exercise. It isn’t good to rely only on medication to take care of high blood pressure–patients need to review the research and know what they can do to help themselves. Reliable Internet sources (including websites hosted by hospitals; medical and dental schools; and federal government agencies, like NIH.gov) provide lots of information–from case studies to various wellness plan options–that will help patients focus on their blood pressure goals. Again, I suggest that patients of all ages do their research, read articles, and ask their doctor questions to ensure they get the correct information.
What would be the most valuable thing you could tell members about blood pressure?
First, the major ethnicity of our congregation is people of color. Probably 99% of our African-American members are plagued with blood pressure problems (both diagnosed and undiagnosed), or they have close family members with blood pressure problems. I would warn them that leaving blood pressure unmonitored impacts the body. Some problems can be fixed with diet and exercise, but others may be hereditary and require medication to maintain normal blood pressure. I would also tell our members that so much happens because of our lifestyles. We need to become more active and to watch what we eat by staying away from the so?called “good stuff.” Instead, we should focus on the “nutritious stuff.”
Our bodies are temples of God, and we are responsible for our bodies so that we can help others. If you are an African American and you know that hypertension “runs in your family,” you need to become better educated about this medical condition and find ways to control it.
Job 28: 12-13, 12 “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.” (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Health and Wellness. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Leroy Mobley, Cordelia Bevel. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.
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(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
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