In celebration of World Hypertension Day which is today (17th may), it is important to educated and increase the awareness of hypertension which is commonly called High Blood Pressure.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is a common health problem throughout the world, it leads to various complications (such as heart disease, stroke, Kidney disease, eye disease etc.), As hypertension is a common health problem, it is only natural that many people will have various questions regarding the disease, which is leading cause of death。
In the next few week we will get answers to some of the questions on hypertension and we can share these information with others…….
Most of the time doctors don’t know what causes hypertension but some things play a part in raising blood pressure: age, race, and family history.
A few things actually raise blood pressure, being overweight, stress, little or no physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, too much salt and some medical conditions (kidney disease, thyroid disease, pregnancy)
What is High Blood Pressure?
According to 2017 hypertension guidelines, This guideline now defines high blood pressure to be anyone with a systolic blood pressure ≥ 130 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure ≥ 80 mm Hg which is a change from the previous guidelines which identified high blood pressure as ≥ 140/90 mm Hg.
This change means more patients are diagnosed with hypertension. To improve blood pressure control and reduce cardiovascular disease risk in these patients, a small percentage of them will be asked to take medications while the majority will be recommended for nonpharmacological interventions with healthy lifestyle changes.
Spare few minutes today and know your blood pressure. You can check from a nurse, doctor, nearby clinic……..
Know Your Numbers……..
Comment below on doubts, questions and contributions you have on hypertension……