WALLACE: I went into the emergency room for another problem. I had chest pains and I went in for that. and once I found out I was in there for
chest pains it just turned out to be gas in my chest but they told me I had, I was diabetic and I had hypertension too so I didn’t know until I went in for another reason.
BOBBIE: I kept complaining of a headache to my neighbor and my neighbor said after two or three days this headache
that I should probably go to emergency and have it checked out which I did. Come to find out I had high blood pressure and I was pretty young. I was in either 26 or 27 years old. WALLACE: I was in disbelief but really Once, you know my mother has it. My
grandmother had it. Grand daddy, you know uncles. I was in disbelief that I didn’t wanna believe that I had it too.
BOBBIE: My family was there with me. I was very happy they were there and
when they left. I began to I think worry a lot because I didn’t want to be left alone. I end up having a stroke that night
which I didn’t know until the next day because they took me to the neurologist and he confirmed that I had had two
strokes. DR. CLARKE: Probably the most important tip to get somebody who’s just been diagnosed with hypertension is that I it’s it’s a manageable disease. It’s not a death
sentence. You are going to have to make some lifestyle changes, which tends to be the
most difficult for patients to do is lifestyle changes.
DR. MEYERS: Quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol use if you use
alcohol, making sure that your sodium the sodium content your diet is low because sodium or salt can really contribute to high blood
DR. WILLIAMS: One of the things that we do when we talk to our patients about eating a
low-salt diet is we have a diagram where we kinda show them what are considered lower sodium foods moderately sodium foods, and high sodium
foods. I don’t tell them always to just avoid the
high sodium foods but those are the things they have to be careful of and limit how much of those things they
WALLACE: I don’t use salt period yeah. no salt whatsoever for me so the food that I eat is no salt. Like I said, the only salt or sodium that I end up eatin’ is if I open up a can of something.
BOBBIE: I try to eat the right foods. Salt is not good for me for anyone with high blood pressure so I
tried to stay away from the salts, away from the fats because you have your kidney, your cholesterol. Everything
is outta whack when you’re doing wrong and I love those are all things that are
not right for me so I’m doing the best that I can right now
with my foods.
DR: CLARKE: I have noted that was some
patients that they get a little anxious about coming into the doctor’s office and so they will have a slightly
elevated blood pressure and rather than treat that type of blood
pressure I ask them to do it whether it be at home or at a store or
even at a health fair in order to see what the blood
pressure is running outside of this environment.
DR. WILLIAMS: we also talk about how to
read labels but they can really see what a serving
size is and so that they can also factor
that into their daily diet.