On May 24, 2023, Tina Turner’s death was announced at the age of 83. The iconic singer’s death has spotlighted hypertension and kidney disease. Hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In most cases, it is treatable with lifestyle changes and medications. Tina Turner’s words about high blood pressure (hypertension) haunted me. The picture of her on dialysis haunted me. Essentially, she said, if she knew better, she would have done better.
Many pregnant women who have preeclampsia or hypertensive disorders of pregnancy continue to have blood pressure problems after having a baby.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every three deaths in America is caused by heart disease or stroke—two conditions that are often associated with high blood pressure. It is especially dangerous for African Americans. We can never receive enough information about combatting this deadly disease.