September 12, 2013
M.U.S.C. Student Nurses perform blood pressure checks on participants
On Thursday, September 12, 2013, two student nurses from the Medical University of South Carolina, performed blood pressure checks for program participants as they arrived for the Thursday evening group sessions. Dr. Berry Anderson of M.US.C. supervised the nurses as they gained practical "in the field" experience.
A third of active participants and staff were checked during the session. Unfortunately, 54% of those tested were diagnosed with hypertension.
Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the arteries have persistently elevated blood pressure. The higher the pressure the harder the heart has to pump. High blood pressure, is often called a "silent disease" because you usually don't know that you have it.
Hypertension can lead to damaged organs, as well as several illnesses, such as renal failure (kidney failure), aneurysm, heart failure, stroke or heart attack. Blood pressure of 140/90 or above is considered hypertension.
Several of the participants were not aware that they had stage 1 or stage 2 hypertension. Dr. Anderson addressed the entire group and encouraged all to get their blood pressure checked on a regular basis.
We want to thank MUSC, Dr. Anderson, and the students for their time and help.
(L-R) Dr. Berry Anderson, Sarah Gilreath, Michelle Rogers
*High blood pressure is a very common problem in South Carolina. If your family has a history of high blood pressure it is encouraged that you get yours checked on a regular basis. To learn more about high blood pressure, common symptons and solutions click here.