The Drs: Crazy Tales from the ER & How to Take Blood Pressure Properly

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The Doctors: Bizarre Tales From the Emergency Room

Emergency room doctors are usually not too surprised by whatever comes through the door and onto the operation table. But sometimes they see things no one is meant to see.

The Doctors looked at some x-rays of a child who swallowed some keys, another person who swallowed a milk bottle and a third person who let his friends stick an eel up his backside while they were drunk. While doctors were able to get the eel removed from the man, the eel had eaten/dug it’s way through the man’s colon. Dr. Travis Stork, originally an emergency room physician, has seen some things in his day. The worst he has even seen is a man who had a metal pronged massager lodged in his backside. The prongs went so deep it actually punctured his colon.

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He explained the worst part about taking an object out of someone is breaking the item. For example, it may be easy to stick a light bulb in your backside but it could create a seal which makes it very hard to pull out.

“The takeaway here is don’t put an eel up your anus,” Dr. Stork said.

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1 Billion People Worldwide Suffer From Hypertension

The Drs: Crazy Tales from the ER & How to Take Blood Pressure Properly

The Doctors looked at some crazy objects found inside people, the hypertension epidemic that is sweeping across the world and how to take blood pressure.

Around one billion people suffer from hypertension worldwide and many of them do not know. To help raise awareness about this silent killer, The Doctors invited Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall on the show.

If you have ever heard anyone say they do not need to get their blood pressure checked because they are young, they are mistaken. Freda Lewis-Hall said 19 percent of women and 25 percent of men between the ages of 35 and 40 have hypertension.

“No matter what your age, check your blood pressure and know your blood pressure numbers,” Dr. Stork said.

How To Take Blood Pressure Correctly

To take your blood pressure correctly, there are a number of steps you need to take first.

  • Always take your blood pressure when you are relaxed.
  • Do not take blood pressure after smoking, drinking alcohol or consuming caffeine.
  • Left arm should be supported at heart level.

How To Read Blood Pressure Results

After you get your blood pressure taken you may wonder what the numbers mean. Dr. Stork explained the first number, the number on top, is the blood pressure when the heart beats. The second number, the bottom number, is the blood pressure when the heart is at rest.

Make sure to do two separate readings for accuracy.

  • Normal blood pressure reading – 120/80
  • High blood pressure reading – 140/90
  • Hypertension – 180/110

Risk Factors From High Blood Pressure Leads To Heart Disease

Freda Lewis-Hall said you are gambling with your life if you know you have high blood pressure and do nothing to change your lifestyle. If you have any of the following risk factors for high blood pressure, listed below, you could be putting yourself in danger of developing heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss or stroke.

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Advancing age – 55 for men, 65 for women

Change Lifestyle To Curb High Blood Pressure

The easiest way to curb your high blood pressure and bring it down to a normal pressure is by changing your lifestyle, your diet and your exercise habits.

Dr. Travis Stork said the one thing everyone needs to cut back on is sodium. The recommended amount of sodium each day is around 2,000 mg but many of us are getting even more. Check out the amount of salt in some of your favorite foods.

  • Cream corn – 730 mg
  • Oat bran bagel – 532 mg
  • Soy sauce – 1,024 mg
  • Cereal – cup with 250 mg

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