Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hypertension and Medicines

On May 15, 2012, Emily Prabhu and Asima Ali conducted another educational opportunity facilitated by the Seventh-day Adventist Health Centre. The two visiting pharmacists presented a lecture to update medical professionals in Buea on the latest research regarding hypertension and the most effective treatments. After a brief overview of hypertension, the various categories of blood pressure medications were discussed in-depth. Pre-test and post-tests were conducted and attendees were given a summary of the latest treatment recommendations to use when treating hypertensive patients.

The take home message for us all – stay healthy through lifestyle to reduce our risk of hypertension. If hypertension does develop, there are effective medications to keep the cardiovascular system healthy.

Heart Healthy Living:
1.     Maintain a normal weight
2.     Exercise at least 30 minutes per day
3.     DASH Diet: lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, low fat (no palm oil)
4.     Low sodium diet with less than one teaspoon of salt per day
5.     Abstain from alcoholic drinks or severely limit them
6.     Do not smoke cigarettes
To your health and happiness! Thanks Emily and Asima!