Ada recently decided to be more informed about things happening worldwide and in her community so she can volunteer more and help out. And what better way to learn all about what’s going on, and where you’re needed most, than to binge-watch three hours of news on a casual Wednesday night?
So Ada got comfortable in her living room one night. Surrounded by her favorite snacks, potato chips, soda, and a little ice cream, she flipped on her remote and hunkered down. Covered in crumbs, she learned about the happenings in her community and saw good, bad, and beautiful all over the world. After an hour, her head started to feel light and airy. Two hours in, she felt trapped by the screen. Three hours in, she felt some pressure in her chest.
The pressure in Ada’s chest quickly turned into very uncomfortable chest pain. The stabby pain didn’t go away. Ouch! Then it got worse. Aaaargh! She clutched her shirt. Finally, after feeling uncomfortable and a little nervous, she grabbed her computer and made a quick Telehealth appointment. Lucky for her, a doctor was available right away. “Sounds like Hypertension,” said Dr. Rawly.
According to the CDC, “Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is blood pressure that is higher than normal.”
Need help coding hypertension? Check out this article on the AAPC website, Take the Guesswork out of Hypertension Coding, for tips.
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