First, let us define hypertension.
Hypertension is a condition in which the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is too high. This means that the heart has to work harder to pump blood, which can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease.
In the West African community, hypertension is quite prevalent. Studies have shown that hypertension is more common in people of African descent and that hypertension is a leading cause of death in this community. This may be due to a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. Stress, lack of physical activity, and poor dietary habits have all been identified as risk factors for hypertension in the West African community.
So, how can we prevent hypertension?
One of the best ways is by having regular medical checkups. The purpose of regular checkups is not only to detect hypertension early, but also to understand how it may be linked to other health conditions, including stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Hypertension is often referred to as the silent killer because it usually doesn’t have any symptoms, which means that many people may have hypertension and not even know it. However, some people may experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, or ringing in the ears.
We all need to be vigilant and take proactive steps to prevent hypertension. The key to this is regular medical checkups and addressing risk factors such as high stress, lack of physical activity, and poor dietary habits.