When was the last time that you checked your blood pressure? Last week? Last month? 3 months ago?

A lot of us can’t even remember the last time we had our blood pressure checked. In fact, of the 1.3 billion adults worldwide who have high blood pressure, 46% don’t even have the slightest idea that their blood pressure is going through the roof.

That statistic alone is really alarming, given the fact that uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major contributing factor to the world’s leading cause of death for the past few decades.

That is why for this week’s Medicine Mondays, I will be talking to you about one of my all-time favorite topics—high blood pressure. Better pay attention, for we will not only be discussing what having uncontrolled high blood pressure means, but we will also touch on the topic of how to prevent it and what treatment options you have if you’re already diagnosed with it.

Why you need to check out this episode:

  • Learn what having uncontrolled high blood pressure does to your body and the other health issues that it brings along with it;
  • Get a deep understanding of why high blood pressure has been deemed as “the silent killer”; and
  • Find out what you can do in order to avoid or treat high blood pressure

“The reason why I go so hard on this topic is that it has always been dubbed as ‘the silent killer’–the one that you don’t even know the damage it’s causing until the damage it’s caused has already been done.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

Topics Covered:

00:00 – Today on Medicine Mondays: Dr. Berry will be talking about one of his favorite topics ever – High blood pressure, as May has been deemed Blood Pressure Awareness Month 

01:33 – Personal Motivation: Dr. Berry shares the story of how his father’s experience with high blood pressure–which led to his passing while Dr. Berry was in med school–sparked his passion for the topic

03:20 – The Basics of High Blood Pressure: Facts and statistics you need to know about high blood pressure, what really happens to your body when you have uncontrolled high BP, and the other significant health issues attached to it

12:35 – The Role of Lifestyle in Blood Pressure: How diet and family history affect your Chances of getting uncontrolled high blood pressure

16:48 – Treatment Options: The different types of natural and prescription related medications available in the market that you can combine or choose from

19:28 – High Blood Pressure and Co-existing Conditions: The other things going on in your body when you have an uncontrolled high blood pressure

20:50 – Prevention and Proactive Measures: Steps you should take to make sure that your blood pressure is consistently staying where it needs to stay 

Notable Quotes:

“I love talking about high blood pressure. In fact, if you take a second, whether you’re watching me on YouTube or listening to my Podcast, you just search ‘Dr. Berry Pierre’ and ‘high blood pressure, you’re going to see a lot of things come up.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“When we’re taking care of our bodies, our bodies are amazing. Our bodies will deal with stress on top of stress on top of stress until they can deal with it no more. And unfortunately, especially if we talk about high blood pressure, our bodies will deal with decades of stress.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“You have a disease that we know affects so many people worldwide; we have a disease that we know is a significant contributor to the number one killer for decades, and yet, it doesn't cause any symptoms until it’s too late.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“Make it a routine to check your blood pressure until you’re making it a routine to check your blood pressure.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

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