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The World Health Organization states that a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure when when any of the following criteria are met:
- systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mmHg, or
- diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90 mmHg, or
- receiving medication for high blood pressure (Whitworth 2003).
According to a recent report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 23% of Australians aged 18 and over suffer from high blood pressure, with the percentage increasing with age.
So, is it a disease or just a natural progressive consequence of aging?
Blood pressure is a measure of the force blood exerts on arterial walls measured in milligrams of mercury (mmHg), and is an essential measurement to monitor in home and professional health care.
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is a term used to describe a range of conditions associated with a sudden reduction of blood flow to the myocardial tissue. Three conditions come under the ACS category and they are Unstable Angina (UA), Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST elevation myocardial infarction STEMI. UNSTABLE ANGINA (UA) Unstable angina is an acute coronary syndrome characterised by the absence of biochemical evidence of myocardial damage. Typical clinical features include prolonged retrosternal chest pain and other angina like symptoms that occur at rest. The 12 Lead ECG may show ST depression, localised T-wave depression or it...
GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING
Electrical burns are relatively rare among all age groups but constitute some of the most devastating burns, as well as danger to first responders; thus, they demand special considerations.
In this article, the case of a 58-year-old male linesman who received arm-to-arm electrification while working on an adjacent line will be discussed. Firstly, the anatomical pathophysiology of the organs and tissues affected by a High Voltage Electrical Burn (HVEB) injury will be explored, followed by a discussion on the pre-hospital assessment and management of HVEBs.
At home pulse oximetry for Covid-19... Is it actually effective? This blog will answer the following questions!👇 What is pulse oximetry?... What factors affect SpO2 readings?... How does Covid-19 affect these readings?... Is it actually a good idea to buy a pulse oximeter?... At home pulse oximetry has been called a gamechanger for managing this Corona Virus Pandemic by an ER doctor(1). Given that a pulse oximeter is accurate, and the operator can competently use it, at home pulse oximetry could be useful in recognition of potential symptoms. Here we'll briefly discuss the mechanism of pulse oximetry, whether or...