Free Hypertension Panel to be Held at UVI on Saturday
The University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing is
sponsoring a panel discussion on hypertension titled "Live Longer
and Healthier: Control Your Hypertension," from 9 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. on Saturday, April 2, in the St. Thomas campus Administration
and Conference Center, 1st floor conference room. Current
evidence-based information on hypertension, commonly referred to as
high blood pressure, will be shared from an interdisciplinary team.
Attendees will receive expert information from integrative medicine
physician Dr. Hillary Woodson, kidney disease specialist Dr.
Richard Schluessel, registered dietitian Kari Burton, and senior
nursing student Camesha George-Caines.
The forum is the senior leadership project of George-Caines. "The
purpose of this project is to provide pertinent information for
hypertensive patients at risk for major complications such as
stroke, chronic kidney disease, heart failure and cardiovascular
disease," George-Caines said.
"It is aimed to improve the overall health of the hypertensive
population by providing pertinent evidenced-based information to
help patients effectively self manage and adapt to lifestyle
behaviors to prevent the complications of hypertension," she added.
George-Caines has created a "hypertensive fact sheet" that will be
given to each hypertensive attendee. The fact sheet will include
information about hypertension, and its pathophysiology, risk
factors and causes. It will also include information on treatment,
such as physical activity and diet, and referral and follow up care
with a primary care provider.
The panel discussion is free and open to the public. A special
invitation is extended to all individuals with high blood
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