Hypertension the Silent Killer Essay

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Hypertension: The Silent Killer HS200-03 Unit 4 Capstone Project: Hypertension Kaplan University August 4, 2015 Vicki is a 42-year-old African American woman who was diagnosed with Hypertension a month ago. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for the past 20 years. She is self-employed and runs a successful insurance agency. Her work requires frequent travel and Vicki often has to eat at fast food restaurants for most of her meals. Hypertension also called “high blood pressure” is often referred to as the silent killer because those that have it often don’t experience any symptoms. This paper will cover the diagnostic testing, the treatment and prognosis of hypertension, complementary and alternative treatment associated with hypertension, and patient education to help Vicki to manage her newly diagnosis of hypertension and ways she can manage it with her busy schedule. There really isn’t any set diagnostic testing that can be done to diagnosis hypertension. The only way one can tell they have hypertension is to have it checked with regular doctor visits. The pressure is measured by using a sphygmomanometer. This is an inflatable cuff that is placed around the arm, with the use of a stethoscope, and a pressure- measuring gauge that is attached to the sphygmomanometer. In order to make an accurate diagnosis of hypertension several visits to a physician to have it checked are required to make a determination of hypertension. The reason for this is because a patient’s blood pressure can vary depending on a number of factors including the time of days it’s taken, smoking and drinking coffee prior to measuring pressure can increase blood pressure, or just the simple stress of being at the doctors can make your blood pressure be elevated ("High blood pressure (hypertension) Tests and diagnosis - Mayo Clinic," 2015). The blood pressure should

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