Check your blood pressure regularly Abena Eri to PLHIV – People living with HIV have been advised to regularly monitor their Blood Pressure. This according to her will ensure that they know exactly what is happening to their blood flow pattern. Kyotani Eri aka Abena Eri is a JICA volunteer with Matthew 25 House a Non-Governmental Organization that is NGO in Koforidua that provides care and support for People Living with HIV (PLHIV).
Abena was giving a health talk at the monthly socialization meetings that are held once every month at the house for its clients.
Educating the clients she explained what Blood Pressure meant. She said one’s blood pressure will naturally increase with age. However, excessive intake of alcohol, excessive smoking, lack of exercise and too much salt intake would predispose one to a hypertensive situation.
After checking the blood pressure of all the clients and visited who attended the meeting for the month of November at the House, she took time to answer their questions one after the other. She noted that if one monitored his or her blood pressure and took precautions, they could keep their health in good condition.
Educating attendants, she took the time to give the various ranges of blood pressure and their implications. Accordingly, the blood pressure is measured in
Blood pressure is measured in mm Hg. The number at the top is that one that indicates the amount or power of pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. It is called the systolic pressure while the number at the bottom is referred to as the diastolic pressure. It represents the power or pressure between beats.
Check your blood pressure regularly Abena Eri to PLHIV
Giving the various ranges, Abena taught attendants that reading under 120/80 mmHg is considered normal while a range above 120/80 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg is considered as elevated blood pressure.
Pressure readings above 130/80 mmHg to 140/89 mmHg is considered as being in a Hypertension stage one while above 140/80 mmHg to 180/120mmHg is considered Hypertension stage two.
With any reading above 180/120mmHg, Abena said the person must consult a doctor immediately.
The meeting was well attended with many asking questions on how they could maintain a good blood pressure range. In answer to their questions, she cautioned that what one could control must be controlled. She cited examples like diet, exercises, and indulgence in alcoholism and smoking.