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(todayifoundout.com, 2013). Hypertension . Ms. Storkey Jothan Salfarlie, Kyle Rowe HFA 4UI Thursday, May 8 th 2014. What is Hypertension?. www.medicinenet.com /MedicineNet, Inc. Also known as High Blood Pressure Arteries have persistently elevated blood pressure. Key Points.

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(todayifoundout.com, 2013)


Ms. Storkey

Jothan Salfarlie, Kyle Rowe


Thursday, May 8th 2014

what is hypertension
What is Hypertension?

www.medicinenet.com/MedicineNet, Inc.

  • Also known as High Blood Pressure
  • Arteries have persistently elevated blood pressure
key points
Key Points
  • It effects your blood vessels, heart, brain, kidneys and eyes
  • High blood pressure can cause a blockage in the veins and arteries forcing your heart to pump harder
  • Kidneys may lose function
  • May cause impaired vision or even blindness
symptoms of hypertension
Symptoms of Hypertension

Commonly known to have the following side effects:

  • Nervousness
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Facial Flushing

However this isn’t always true there are

often no side effects (American Heart


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causes of hypertension
Causes of Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • High levels of alcohol consumption
  • Lack of physical activity

(Medical News Today)

(diversifiedhealth.ca, 2013)

hypertension prevention
Hypertension Prevention

Eat Healthy

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Limit sodium

Maintain a Healthy Weight

  • Being overweight can cause hypertension

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

(vassar.edu, 2012)


Be Physically Active

  • It is recommended to exercise 2.5h per week

Don’t Smoke

  • Smoking damages blood vessels and is able to speed up artery hardening

Limit Alcohol Use

  • Alcohol is associated with high

blood pressure.

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

(http://nba247365.com, 2012)

who can be affected
Who Can Be Affected?

Teens/Young Adults

  • This is becoming a bigger issue due to obesity levels rising

Older Age

  • Blood pressure rises with age
  • 65% of adults 60+ have hypertension

(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)

http://etiquette-ny.com/Teen Etiquette)



  • African Americans have a higher risk of hypertension than caucasians


  • Before the age of 45 men are more likely to have hypertension, women are more likely to be more affected after 65

(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)

(myronnight.com, 2013)

  • High blood pressure runs in my family. There is nothing I can do. I will get it too
  • I don’t use table salt, so I’m in control of my sodium intake and my blood pressure isn’t affected
  • I feel fine. I don’t have to worry about high blood pressure
  • I have high blood pressure and my doctor checks it for me so I don’t need to check it at home, too

(American Heart Association)



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What is hypertension? What causes hypertension?. (n.d.). Medical News Today. Retrieved May 5, 2014, fromhttp://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150109.php

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure. (n.d.). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved May 6, 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/what_you_can_do.htm

Who Is at Risk for High Blood Pressure?. (n.d.). - NHLBI, NIH. Retrieved May 6, 2014, from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp/atrisk.html

Myths About High Blood Pressure. (n.d.).Myths About High Blood Pressure. Retrieved May 6, 2014, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/AboutHighBloodPressure/Myths-About-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_430836_Article.jsp