Peo­ple urged to check blood pres­sure

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A TRIP to a shop­ping mall re­sulted in 26-year-old Mpho Moloi from Beth­le­hem in the Free State dis­cov­er­ing that she suf­fers from dan­ger­ously high blood pres­sure.

A med­i­cal ex­pert says what hap­pened to her should serve as a warn­ing to oth­ers and en­cour­age peo­ple to have their blood pres­sure checked.

Moloi had no idea she had the con­di­tion.

“I went to the lo­cal shop­ping mall and saw a mo­bile blood pres­sure screen­ing unit of­fer­ing free checks and I thought: ‘Why not?’ and so I went in,” she said.

“My blood pres­sure read­ings were too high.”

A nurs­ing sis­ter told her that she didn’t need to worry im­me­di­ately, but she needed to see a doc­tor to be thor­oughly checked and tested.

“I went to see my doc­tor the fol­low­ing day, and he con­firmed my read­ings. He pre­scribed my first med­i­ca­tion, which was an ACE in­hibitor. The dose was slowly in­creased over a few weeks, but it low­ered my blood pres­sure only a bit. “The med­i­ca­tion was fol­lowed by the ad­di­tion of a cal­cium chan­nel blocker which also low­ered the lev­els, but still not enough,” Moloi said.

Although she wasn’t over­weight, she was ad­vised to change her diet. She was told to cut out choco­lates and crisps, which re­sulted in her los­ing weight.

“My fam­ily and friends strug­gled to sup­port me be­cause they find it dif­fi­cult to re­alise or ap­pre­ci­ate the po­ten­tial se­ri­ous­ness of hav­ing high blood pres­sure. But they try to help and use less salt when cook­ing for me, and make sure there’s a fruit on the side.”

Moloi said the big­gest change has been to take pills ev­ery day. “Even now, I strug­gle to re­mem­ber to take them be­cause I’ve al­ways been some­one who never took pills,” she said.

Med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner Dr Strike Mabasa said high blood pres­sure was a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion peo­ple needed to pay at­ten­tion to. Left un­treated, it could be fa­tal.

He ad­vised peo­ple to have their blood pres­sure checked reg­u­larly and to take the med­i­ca­tion that had been pre­scribed. – Health-e News.

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