HONOLULU - Kaiser Permanente recently released a study that shows that Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders have a significantly greater chance of developing hypertension than Caucasians or Hispanics who are in the same weight category or have similar levels of education. 
The ethnic makeup of our state means that our residents are much more likely to develop high blood pressure, also known as the “silent killer.” Those with high blood pressure might not feel alarming symptoms, but could be quietly causing damage that threatens their health.
While high blood pressure is dangerous, lowering it is easier than people think, so Dr. Chen joins Tesia Worley for Wellness Wednesday:

What does high blood pressure do to your body?

High blood pressure puts tremendous stress on blood vessels all over the body and this stress can be damaging to organs and tissues and contributes to stroke, heart attack, kidney damage and early death.


What is the link between high blood pressure and kidney issues?

Uncontrolled blood pressure promotes kidney artery and filter damage.  Maintaining healthy blood pressure reduces the risk of kidney disease and the possible need for dialysis. 


What is the range for a healthy blood pressure?  

            The normal range is systolic pressure less than 120 and a diastolic pressure less than 80. 


What can we do to treat high blood pressure?

There are many safe and effective treatments to control blood pressure: including diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and (when necessary) medications.   It’s never too late to get your blood pressure under control.  Prevention by screening is also a very important first step. 

If some you know or love has high blood pressure, remind them to monitor their numbers and live well.

Special guest: Thomas Chen, MD; Nephrologist