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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 pressure.

For more information contact UVI's Public Relations Office at 693-1056.