Already on blood pressure medication? It’s still important to #checkyourpressure regularly

20th May 2019Lisa Woodward

Already on blood pressure medication? It’s still important to #checkyourpressure regularly

Ricky Rabi, an insurance supervisor from Johannesburg, South Africa, was just 33 years old when she was first diagnosed as having hypertension.  She’d previously had no symptoms, but in 2000 started to experience some fluttering in her chest and went to see her doctor.  After several blood tests and having her blood pressure monitored continuously for a several days, she was diagnosed as having hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure.  She was prescribed medication, which she has been taking daily for 19 years until earlier this year.

In February 2019, Ricky was at work, but started to experience difficulty in breathing.  She immediately went to the nearest hospital, The Parklane Hospital,  where she had a seizure and collapsed on arrival.

“The wonderful matron and staff of the ICU worked amazingly and tirelessly trying to resuscitate and stabilised me and transferred me to the nearest Hospital for further specialist cardiology treatment. I woke up 3 days later, ventilated and confused, I remained in ICU for 10 days and after another week in a normal ward, I eventually went home all shaken up, weak, confused  and extremely sick.  I am now on the road to recovery, on new and additional medication, only getting stronger day by day.  

Testing Blood pressure and being on regular medication is of utmost importance, because the higher  blood pressure is, the higher the risk of health problems in the present and future. My diet has further changed and I am drinking lots of water, have always avoided coffee, cigarettes and alcohol, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise, take regular medication, test frequently and raise awareness amongst with whomever I meet.”

Ricky’s story is a reminder that high blood pressure can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle, and highlights the importance of getting your blood pressure checked for diagnosis.   If high blood pressure is detected, it’s important to follow the course of action prescribed by your doctor, whether that be lifestyle changes or medication, and continue to to get checked regularly in case the medication needs adjusting as it did in Ricky’s case.

Thanks to Ricky for sharing her very personal story to help others and supporting the MMM19 campaign.