Friday, August 08, 2008

Last night we went to a family friend’s funeral. It was the husband of my mom’s best friend. The cause of death was due to high blood pressure turn to stroke (correct me if I am wrong I am not really familiar with medical terms). They said that, he was not actually feeling well already last Monday but he just ignored it but after a while they rushed him to the hospital and after a few hours they put him in ICU, according to my aunt (we treat & call them like real relatives so we address them that way) he was in coma however, when they talk to him they notice that he is fighting for it and his blood pressure goes up which is a good sign that he is somehow conscious of his surroundings. We all know that this kind of illness is a traitor you will never know when it will attack you so we really have to be more cautious in what we eat... Also, according to other family members he was worrying of his youngest son, who got into trouble a couple of weeks back... So there is added stress... It was really sudden because my uncle Boy was not really that old yet but perhaps due to his lifestyle which he drinks and smokes so basically that’s it and with added pressure, it really got him. It was really sad and was a shock to all of us. So right now as I write this I am doing some research on High Blood Pressure...

According t o recent estimates, about one in 3 adults has high BP but because there are no symptoms, nearly one-third of these people don’t know they have it. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke (so I am right!), heart attack or kidney failure. This is why high blood pressure is often called the “Silent Killer”. The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have it check regularly. To find out more of this illness click here!

Here is a tip I got on how you can prevent a certain stroke or heart attack, specially when you are all alone... If you have chest pain that radiates to your arm and up to the jaw, and a hospital is far do the following:

- cough repeatedly and vigorously, coughing keeps blood circulation alive

- take deep breaths before every cough, deep breaths get oxygen to lungs

So, those of you who know someone or just inform everyone you know of such first aid or prevention so they can share this to their loved ones as well. Let's have a healthy life everyone!


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