As Jamie Foxx remains in the hospital, more and more details are coming out about what originally sent him to the hospital and what kind of medical scare it actually was.
According to multiple reports, during his medical scare, 55-year-old Foxx was unresponsive for a few moments before he had to be resuscitated. A new report from Radar Online confirms this information after they spoke to an insider who is close to the actor. In shocking details about what happened, Jamie Foxx was revealed to have high blood pressure.
The insider said to Radar Online: “Jamie suffered a serious medical episode and needed immediate attention. It was touch and go for days with him, and he had to be revived – he is very lucky to be alive! He’s very lucky he got the treatment he did. Jamie suffers from high blood pressure, which doctors say can cause clots in the brain leading to a stroke.
The prevalence of high blood pressure among Black people in the United States is among the highest in the world.
About 55% of Black adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension or HBP. Black people also have disproportionately high rates of more severe HBP and it develops earlier in life.
When your blood pressure is high for too long, it damages your blood vessels – and LDL (bad) cholesterol begins to accumulate along tears in your artery walls. This leads to narrowed arteries and increases the workload of your circulatory system while decreasing its efficiency.
As a result, high blood pressure puts you at greater risk for developing life-changing and life-threating conditions.
In most cases, damage done from high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) occurs over time. High blood pressure can lead to:
- Heart attack — High blood pressure damages arteries that can become blocked and prevent blood flow to the heart muscle.
- Stroke — High blood pressure can cause blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the brain to become blocked or burst.
- Heart failure — The increased workload from high blood pressure can cause the heart to enlarge and fail to supply blood to the body.
- Kidney disease or failure — High blood pressure can damage the arteries around the kidneys and interfere with their ability to filter blood effectively.
- Vision loss — High blood pressure can strain or damage blood vessels in the eyes.
- Sexual dysfunction — High blood pressure can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and may contribute to lower libido in women.
- Angina — Over time, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease including microvascular disease (MVD). Angina, or chest pain, is a common symptom.
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) — Atherosclerosis caused by high blood pressure can lead to narrowed arteries in the legs, arms, stomach and head, causing pain or fatigue.
The stress Foxx felt during the days prior to the incident were a direct influence in his problem. Given how complicated the production of his Netflix film became in the UK, Fox eventually succumbed to this pressure and his brain simply couldn’t take it anymore. Doctors actually feel Foxx is lucky to be alive.
As reports of a stroke are coming more prevalent, many wonder what happens after a stroke. After experiencing a stroke, people may have:
- Changes in their ability to think or reason
- Changes in behavior and sleep patterns
- Memory problems
- Poor judgment
These changes may lead to:
- An increase in the need for safety measures
- Changes in ability to drive
- Depression after a stroke is common. Depression can start soon after a stroke, but symptoms may not begin for up to 2 years after the stroke.
Moving around and doing normal daily tasks such as dressing and feeding may be harder after a stroke.
Muscles on one side of the body may be weaker or may not move at all. This may involve only part of the arm or leg, or the whole side of the body.
Different joints and muscles in the body may become hard to move. The shoulder and other joints may dislocate.
Many of these problems can cause pain after a stroke. Pain may also occur from changes in the brain itself. You may use pain medicines, but check with your health care provider first. People who have pain due to tight muscles may get medicines that help with muscle spasms.
Each person has a different recovery time and need for long-term care. Problems with moving, thinking, and talking often improve in the first weeks or months after a stroke. Some people will keep improving months or years after a stroke.
As of April 24th, NBC News’ Blayne Alexander reported for The Today Show that his condition is “steadily improving.”