IMA study reveals high incidence of hypertension among docs

18 May, 2017, 11:17 | Author: Alejandro Stokes
  • Adults urged to have blood pressure checked       Many unaware they have high BP

If constant headache has been troubling you, dizziness has been bothering you, you have been getting worn out fast or you have blurred vision, then there might be a chance that you are suffering from high blood pressure, says Dr Ramneek Varma, General Physician on Lybrate.

Today, May 17, is World Hypertension Day, and the foundation - under the hashtag #MeasureYourPressure - said it was encouraging all South Africans to measure their blood pressure and know their risk for heart disease and stroke because it could happen to anyone.

The AHA found that direct medical costs of high blood pressure reached $68 billion in 2015, while indirect costs reached $42 billion.

High blood pressure or hypertension is not diagnosed by a single measurement, this only points out when someone needs to seek further medical assessment. "This is alarming and of great concern as high blood pressure means higher risk of damage to the heart, kidney, brain and eyes in the coming years". Load up on fresh fruits and veggies along with foods rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium.

If you see an upward trend in your blood pressure readings, get in touch with a medical expert and consider altering your diet and lifestyle. Dr Maulik recommends that while people should get their blood pressure checked regularly and wonders what prevents them from doing so.

Healthy lifestyle modifications can aid in reducing a person's chances of developing hypertension and also controlling and lowering it if it is high.

Manage weight: Increase in weight often leads to increase in blood pressure.

For this reason it is important that blood pressure screening should be done periodically using a monitoring device such as sphygmomanometer, blood pressure meter etc. One also tends to have disrupted breathing during sleep because of being overweight, which causes blood pressure to rise.

Cut down on smoking and alcohol: Both the habits have adverse affects on the body's blood pressure. "Avoid a sedentary lifestyle, quit smoking and limit alcohol", Anil Kansal, Neurosurgeon, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, suggested. According to the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure is below 120/80. "Such life-long medication, if taken by sufficient numbers of people with hypertension, will reduce the number of us suffering a stroke or a heart attack", Dr Krisela Steyn, Board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa said this morning.

Hypertension can very well be contained by making certain changes in lifestyle. "Our goal is to ensure all health care professionals are attuned to the increasing prevalence of hypertension in children, and aware that these guidelines can help them to better identify, treat or refer appropriately their young patients".



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