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High Blood Pressure and Hypertension conversations in Spanish

High Blood Pressure and Hypertension conversations in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to have high blood pressure and hypertension conversations in Spanish: Presión alta e hipertensión.

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In this Medical Spanish lesson we cover vocabulary and phrasing around:

  • Describing high blood pressure and ideal blood pressure ranges
  • Talking through the relationship between diet and blood pressure
  • Discussing the benefits of physical activity for lowering blood pressure
  • Common medications for controlling blood pressure
  • Complications of not controlling blood pressure

Vocabulario Relevante – Relevant Vocabulary

To talk about blood pressure, there is a handful of words you can use:

SpanishEnglish
Presión sanguíneaBlood Pressure
La presión Blood pressure
La presión arterialArterial pressure
La presión sanguínea Blood pressure
El esfigmomanómetro Sphygmomanometer
El manguito de presión Blood Pressure cuff
Una presión saludable A Healthy blood pressure
Entre __ y __ Between __ and __
Más deMore than
Menos de Less than
Hipertenso(a) Hypertensive
Pre-hipertenso(a) Pre-hypertensive
Chequear (checar) la presión Check blood pressure
Tomar la presión Take blood pressure
Padecer de la presión Suffer from pressure
Voy a tomarle la presión: I’m going to take the blood pressure on you:
• Siéntese por favor • Take a sit please
• Quítese el suéter por favor • Take off your sweater please
• Ponga sus dos pies en el piso • Please put both feet on the floor
• Relájese • Relax
• No cruce las piernas • Do not cross your legs

Resultados – Results

Once you take your patient’s blood pressure, it’s time to talk about the results.

SpanishEnglish
Su presión está en… Your blood pressure is at…
Cien (100) One hundred
Ciento diez (110) One hundred ten
Ciento veinte (120) One hundred twenty (120)
Ciento treinta (130) One hundred thirty (130)
Ciento cuarenta (140) One hundred forty (140)
Ciento cincuenta (150) One hundred fifty (150)
Ciento sesenta (160) One hundred sixty (160)
Ciento setenta (170) One hundred seventy (170)
Ciento ochenta (180) One hundred eighty (180)
Ciento noventa (190) One hundred ninety (190)
Dos cientos (200) Two hundred (200)
Sobre = / Over = /
Setenta y seis (76) Seventy-six (76)
Ochenta y ocho (88) Eighty-eight (88)
Noventa y dos (92) Ninety-two (92)
Es normal It is normal
Es baja It is low
Es altaIs high

You can say:

  • Su presión es de 120 sobre 76 – Your blood pressure is 120 over 76

Explicando la presión – Explaining Blood Pressure

La presión arterial nos dice cuánta fuerza o presión los vasos sanguíneos (las arterias) sienten en 2 momentos:
Blood pressure tells us how much force or pressure the blood vessels (arteries) feel at two different moments:

  1. Con cada latido del corazón (número alto – presión sistólica) – With each heartbeat (high number – systolic pressure)
  2. Entre latidos, cuando el corazón descansa (número bajo – presión diastólica) – Between beats, when the heart relaxes (low – diastolic pressure)

Una presión saludable es una presión sistólica menos de 120 y una presión diastólica menos de 80.
Healthy blood pressure is systolic pressure less than 120 and diastolic pressure less than 80.

Es decir, una presión menos de 120/80. Una presión alta puede causarle problemas a lo largo si es más de 140/90. Es importante chequear la presión frecuentemente porque no puede sentir la presión alta – no causa síntomas.
That is a blood pressure less than 120/80. High pressure can cause problems in the long run if it is more than 140/90. It is important to check the pressure frequently because you cannot feel high blood pressure – it does not cause symptoms.

La dieta y la presión – Diet and Blood Pressure

Healthy food
Credits: Photo by Anna Pelzer 

If you want to get to know your patient’s dietary habits, here you can find some open-ended questions:

SpanishEnglish
¿Cómo es su dieta? How is your diet?
¿Qué le gusta comer? What do you like to eat?
Una dieta saludable / balanceada A healthy / balanced diet
La sal o “sal de mesa” Salt or “table salt”
El sodio Sodium
Comidas procesadas Processed meals
Comidas enlatadas Canned foods
Comidas rápidas fast foods
Carne roja Red meat
Carne de res Beef
FumarSmoking
Tomar alcohol Drinking alcohol
Comidas altas en potasio: High potassium foods:
banana, aguacate, melon, tomate, frijoles Banana, avocado, melon, tomato, beans
Avena Oatmeal
Hojas verdes Green leaves
Comidas bajas en sal (sodio) Low salt foods (sodium)
Cafeína Caffeine
Alcohol Alcohol
Comidas altas en grasaHigh fat foods

Recomendaciones sencillas – Simple Recommendations

Here is a list of simple recommendations for your patient to improve their dietary habits:

SpanishEnglish
No agregue (eche) sal a las comidas en la mesa Do not add salt to meals on the table
Limite el consumo de alcohol Restrict alcohol consumption
Prepare sus comidas en la casa en vez de comer en la calle (en restaurantes, afuera) Prepare your meals at home instead of eating out (in restaurants, etc.)

Actividad física y la presión – Physical Activity and Blood Pressure

“Actividad física” (physical activity) might be the preferred way to talk about exercise because sometimes when talking about “ejercitarse” (exercising) people could think they need to pay a gym membership, so if you work with people from under-resourced communities it might seem impossible or inaccessible.

La actividad física regular es importante para mantener una presión saludable – Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

You might talk about:

  • # veces por semana – # times per week.
  • Por # minutos cada vez – for # minutes each time
    • Cinco veces por semana, por 30 minutos cada vez – Five times a week, for 30 minutes each time
  • Hacer ejercicio is the verb to exercise
SpanishEnglish
¿Qué le gusta hacer para actividad física? What do you like to do for physical activity?
Andar en bicicleta Ride a bicycle
Bailar Dance
Caminar Walk
Correr Run
Ir al gimnasio Go to the gym
Jugar al fútbol “soccer”Play soccer
Jugar con los niños en vez de mirarlos Play with children instead of watching them
Nadar Swim
Usar las escaleras en vez del ascensor Use the stairs instead of the elevator

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Los medicamentos para la presión – Medications for Blood Pressure

When you want to talk about managing your patient’s blood pressure the verb you are looking for is “controlar”.

SpanishEnglish
Controlar la presión To manage blood pressure
Llevar buen control de la presión To have a good pressure regimen / management
Pastillas Pills
Medicamentos / medicina / medicación Medications
Diuréticos: (hidroclorotiazida) Diuretics: (hydrochlorothiazide)
Para eliminar el agua – bajan el volumen de sangre en el sistema To get rid of water – they reduce the volumen of blood in your system
Inhibidores ACE: (lisinopril) ACE inhibitors: (lisinopril)
Para dilatar (abrir) los vasos sanguíneos – resulta en una presión más baja To open blood vessels which results in lower pressure
Bloqueadores de calcio: (Amlodipina) Calcium blockers: (Amlodipine)
Ayudan al corazón latir con menos fuerza They help the heart beats with less strength

Unas instrucciones sencillas – Some Simple Instructions

These easy instructions will keep your verb conjugation at the minimum so it helps you to keep it simple when talking to your patients in Spanish:

InstrucciónCantidadFrecuencia
Hay que tomar (You have to take)Una pastilla (one pill)Todos los días (every day)
Una vez al día (Once a day)
Necesita tomar (You need to take) Dos pastillas (two pills)Cada # horas (each # hours)
En la mañana (in the mornings)
Tiene que tomar (You have to take)# miligramos (milligrams)Antes de comer (before eating)
Con comidas (with meals)
Debe tomar (You should take) Al acostarse (At bedtime)

Notice any time you talk about occurrences in Spanish, we use “vez” or “veces” (do not use tiempos). So you can say:

  • Una vez: Once
  • Dos veces: Twice
  • Tres (o más) veces: Three (or more) times

Posibles efectos secundarios de los medicamentos – Possible Side Effects of Medications

Depending on the medications you’ll end up prescribing to your patients, you might want them to know about their possible side effects. Here you can find a list of some common ones:

SpanishEnglish
DiarreaDiarrhea
Dolor de cabezaHeadache
Dolor de estómago Stomachache
EstreñimientoConstipation
Hinchazón en:Swelling in:
Los pies Feet
Los tobillos Ankles
Las piernas The legs
MareoDizziness
NáuseasNausea
Pérdida de apetitoLoss of appetite
Falta de apetitoLack of appetite
Sueño Sleepiness
TosCough
VómitoVomit

Related Lesson: Top Ten Prescription Medications Described in Spanish

Complicaciones de no controlar la presión – Complications of Not Controlling Blood Pressure

Si no controla la presión:
If you do not manage your blood pressure:

  • Puede llegar a tener problemas graves a lo largo – You can develop serious problems in the long run.
  • Puede desarrollar otras condiciones – You can develop other conditions.
  • Aunque no siente los síntomas de la presión, causa problemas – Even though you do not feel the symptoms of blood pressure, it causes problems.

Por eso es importante un buen control de la presión – That’s why it’s important to really manage your blood pressure

Complicaciones específicas – Specific Complications

SpanishEnglish
Ataque de corazón Heart attack
Derrame cerebral Stroke
Disfunción sexual Sexual dysfunction
Enfermedad renal Kidney disease
Insuficiencia: — Failure:
Cardíaca Heart —
Renal Renal
Pérdida de visión Loss of vision

¡Gracias por aprender español conmigo!

Su tarea – Your Homework

  1. Review the notes & vocabulary
  2. Identify additional points and topics to discuss with patients
    • Let me know if you need help 🙂
  3. Remember to keep it simple if you need to
  4. Ask for help in the comments below
  5. Give it a try with your patients!

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