Vietnamese Culture and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is one of the most serious health conditions worldwide. Often times, people have high blood pressure for months or even years without knowing it. Knowledge is very important when it comes to health. High blood pressure can lead to other lethal conditions such as, “coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.” ("What is high," 2011) There are many ways that you can avoid high blood pressure. One of the main values that the Vietnamese culture holds high is physical health. Not only is physical health an important value of the Vietnamese culture, but it is a significant key in avoiding high blood pressure. Growing up, my dad always put emphasis on physical health. He made sure that my diet consisted of healthy foods. Once in a while, my dad would let me get a fast food burger, but that was really rare. Not only did my dad make sure my diet was healthy, he also made sure I exercised daily. My dad made me run on the track at the middle school by my house. As I got older, he encouraged me to participate in sports and other activities. Exercising daily would make the heart stronger; therefore “the force on your artery walls decrease.” ("What is high," 2011) Not only does exercise reduce the chances of getting high blood pressure, but it is also a very good way of releasing stress. Stress is a contributing factor in increasing the chances of getting high blood pressure, so releasing stress is beneficial. As a young boy, I witness my dad go through many stressful times because of financial burdens. The stress affected my dad greatly. Till this day, he still stresses over financial burdens especially because of the economy and my college cost. Now that my dad knows he has high blood pressure, he runs the treadmill for at least forty five minutes a day. Maintaining an exercise schedule is crucial to avoiding medical conditions such as high blood pressure....
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