Take care of your heart: world Hypertension day( May17)

World Hypertension day (May 17)

Did you know that there are 1.5million cases of newly diagnosed hypertensive patients per year in Nigeria?

In my practice, I find that many people are hypertensive without realizing it.

Thankfully, Blood pressure check is one of the free services we offer where I work as well as in many other healthcare facilities..

I have lost count of how many people have walked in just because they were cajoled by a friend or family member to check their Blood pressure(Bp) or because they came to see the Doctor for other complaints and have to get their vital signs checked only to find out that their blood pressures are elevated/high.

Most of the time, these patients were as far as they were concerned feeling well with nothing to indicate that they were having a high blood pressure.

While in some other cases, some of these patients show signs and symptoms which are associated with the condition..

So then you may ask;

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.

Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood against the walls of the body’s arteries, the major blood vessels in the body.

Just think about it like this; when the vulcanizer is pumping air into tyre tubes..you can see the pressure from the air being pumped into the tyre from the expansion of the tyre tubes.. Which if the pressure of air pumped into the tyre is too much can burst the tyre…you will have to agree that the pressure of air pumped into tyres must be just right..

So, picture the heart as the vulcanizing machine that pumps air but now..its blood while the tyre tubes are the arteries, and major blood vessels in the body…okay..now you get the picture..

Blood pressure is written as two numbers. The first number which is called systolic represents the pressure in blood vessels when the heart is contracting while The second number called diastolic represents the pressure in the vessels when the heart rests between beats.

The risk factors for developing Hypertension include;

Modifiable risk factors include ;

🚫unhealthy diets (excessive salt consumption, low intake of fruits and vegetables),

🚫physical inactivity, consumption of tobacco and alcohol, and being overweight or obese.

Non-modifiable risk factors include;

➡a family history of hypertension,

➡age over 65 years

➡co-existing diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease.

common signs and symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension is called a “silent killer”.

Most people with hypertension are unaware of the problem because it may have no warning signs or symptoms.

For this reason, it is essential that blood pressure is measured regularly.

When symptoms do occur, they can include;
♦early morning headaches,
♦nosebleeds
♦ irregular heart rhythms
♦ vision changes
♦buzzing in the ears.

Severe hypertension can cause;

fatigue
nausea
vomiting
confusion,
anxiety,
chest pain,
muscle tremors.

The only way to detect hypertension is to have a health professional measure blood pressure.

Having blood pressure measured is quick and painless. Although individuals can measure their own blood pressure using automated devices, an evaluation by a health professional is important for assessment of risk and associated conditions.

The benefit of reducing hypertension cannot be overemphasized because;


Reducing hypertension prevents heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage, as well as other health problems.

Preventive measures include;


♥Reducing salt intake (to less than 5g daily).
♥Eating more fruit and vegetables.
♥Being physically active/Exercising regularly
♥Avoid smoking
Reducing alcohol consumption.
♥Limiting the intake of foods high in saturated fats.
♥Eliminating/reducing trans fats in diet.

Treatment/ management of Hypertension involves;

♥Reducing and managing stress.(Getting adequate amount of sleep)
♥Regularly checking blood pressure.
♥Taking prescribed antihypertensive medications regularly
♥Managing any other underlying medical conditions

Happy international boys day (May 16th)

Today slowly went by and really silent (from where I’m standing)about the celebration of the boy child, and I find it quite sad!

Even I forgot! If I hadn’t come across my Facebook memory post about it last year, It would have simply gone past me this year.

The same can’t be said about the day of the girl child celebration..

Now, don’t get me wrong..I’m not about to talk down on the fanfare that goes on with the girl child celebration

I just think in our bid to allow for gender equality, and with the rise of feminism, the male gender is becoming largely side tracked IMO.

And it shouldn’t be so…both genders should be given as much attention. If the male child begins to feel left out in the society, it may lead to behaviours that would spiral out of control in these boys that would ultimately become men.

The effects would boomerang and in turn affect the very fabric of the society we are trying to build into something sane and safe for women at large.

I guess what I’m saying in essence is, no child should be relegated regardless of his/her sex. Every child matter. Every child is special.

Happy international boys day to my boys and to other boys around the world!

Boys are precious and they become the men of tomorrow

It’s my prayer that God will help us parents to teach our sons well, to become Men after his own heart!

I pray for my sons and other sons around the world on this very beautiful day set aside to celebrate them that these scriptures from the Holy Bible be their guide as the grow up and navigate through life’s journey.

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord , and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord ; neither be weary of his correction: My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Proverbs 3:1‭, ‬3‭-‬8‭, ‬11‭, ‬21‭-‬26 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.3.1-26.KJV

#happyinternationalboysday

Happy Sunday to you all dearly beloved of God!

Do not Be Afraid and why you shouldn’t! Part 1

Do not be Afraid!

In this podcast, I talk about what fear is and how to deal with it, especially in these times we are in where there are just so much bad news making the round.

Recently, there have been reports of more deaths from the new wave of covid19 in some part of the world. Another disease looming reported to be an aftermath of the covid19 from the survivors called black fungus, which is steadily on the rise.

Two countries firing missiles at each other in recent news reports and my own dear country’s insecurity issues escalating.

As well as so many other issues around the world which are bound to make us feel a type of way.

However, what do we have to do?!

We are to FEAR NOT!

How can we do that?!

Take a listen to the podcast for more discussion on the subject.

https://anchor.fm/oluwafunto-okochi/episodes/Fear-thou-not–Part-1-e10rird

Thanks.

Help Doyinsola walk again!

Doyinsola, is the sister of a friend. She needs Hip replacement surgery. She first had surgery in 2015 which cost them about 4 million naira.
Unfortunately, the previous implant needs to be
removed as it is infected and the doctors are worried about the spread of the infection. The cost of just removing the implants is estimated at 3 million naira, bearing in mind there might be other miscellaneous
expenses.

After the removal of the implants, her
mobility will be totally grounded until new implants are put in place.
Due to her condition, she has not been able to get a job, she had to stop her masters programme in OAU due to the stress of climbing the staircase.
The family therefore, is making an appeal to come to their rescue so that Doyinsola can get her life back. Please
no amount is too small. God bless you. Attached is
the details of the case.

Please click on the link below to donate for her:

https://donate-ng.com/campaign/help-doyinsola-akin-fasae-walk-again