Hypertension: A Hip-Hop Odyssey

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Not sure what this gizmo does, but I’ve seen some nurses using it so it must be important…

Yo YO! My boy Dr. Rob Orman of the legendary ER podcast ERCast wasn’t fazed our previous, obscenity-laced discussion on the salty topic of hyponatremia. In fact, he decided to double down on dirty by asking me to talk to him about hypertension. Luckily, I know a thing or two about that topic, having cheated off Dr. Harry on the boards all those years ago. From my memory of his multiple choice answers to the hypertension questions, I have reconstructed a 1997 state of the art understanding of the massive topic of high blood pressure. And I spit it all out in this podcast, along with a gangsta rap ode to elevated BP.

Boo-yah!

A word of warning: being a typical emergency medicine physician, Dr. Rob is used to hearing obscenities chronically and hence a couple of the many I used managed to escape censorship. Kids shouldn’t listen to this podcast, not so much due to the aforementioned bad language (and bad accents), but rather because education about hypertension is a touchy, emotional subject and should be done face-to-face by parents—not left to a podcast. If you still don’t have the courage to talk to your children about hypertension, don’t fret: we’re working on an afterschool special.

Listen to the podcast here.

Left-click to stream the Hypertension Rap (right-click to download)

Lyrics are here.

  • Christine

    Another fabulous rap! This will be good for teaching. But, when you make these, you just make me want more. Now we need one that we can use on pts – be nice to be able to break out in a rap about no kidneys, no sight, no brain , no heart. Oh yeah, and no e-wreck- shions!

    • Glad you like. The problem with using rap to teach patients about hypertension is that it unfairly targets a particular racial/socioeconomic subgroup: young suburban white males.

  • Alex

    Titrate to poo-patches?!? WTF? Laughed so hard on my commute I almost pulled into oncoming traffic

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