As Chairperson of the ANPA Georgia chapter, Dr. Charmaine Emelife, worries constantly about how to improve health care in her home country, Nigeria. An ANPA Board member and Chairperson, ANPA National Bylaws Committee, she has volunteered for several ANPA medical missions to help address the problem. However, like most ANPA members, she expends most of her professional time and expertise taking care of her own patients in Atlanta, GA, where she is partner at Atlanta South Nephrology.
Dr. Emelife, who is a proud alumnus of the University of Nigeria, and Chairperson, University of Nigeria College of Medicine Alumni Association (UNCOMAA), North America chapter, completed an internal medicine residency at the Cook County Hospital, Chicago and then a fellowship in Nephrology/Hypertension at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL. In this video, Dr. Emelife explains why hypertension, or high blood pressure, can cause serious heart and kidney disease and why you should not take it for granted.