HYPERTENSION— One of the displays created by the ELAC nurse program showing ways to avoid high blood pressure.
By Alejandro Ambriz
The Health and Wellness fair presented by the ELAC Student Health Center last Thursday provided students with information that is presumptively known, but is commonly incorrect.
Among the booths were the Veterans Resource Center, Alta Med Health Services and students from ELAC’s Nurse Program. Their booth was based on hypertension (also known as high blood pressure). Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Using the 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults, 45.6 percent of U.S. adults have hypertension.
One of the students, Amy Chilingaryan says that it is very common among African-Americans from ages 45-50 but can happen at any age due to lifestyle. “It is known as a silent killer because it has no obvious symptoms to indicate that something’s wrong.” This is why it is very important to have blood pressure checked. “A lot of the times checking your blood pressure is free.”
Chilingaryan, six months into her nursing program, believes it to be very competitive. She is studying to be a nurse practitioner. Currently the wait time to start the nursing program is between 2-3 years. “The program is diverse, but there are more males than females right now.” The intensive nursing program is less book work and more hands on, and students spend hours at hospitals and clinics in Los Angeles County.”
Students even provide nursing care for children and adults under the supervision of clinical nurse-instructors. Another student, April Alaverdyan, credits the professors of the nursing program for making the 2-year long study bearable.
“They go out of their way to explain things to you in a manner that you’ll understand.”