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Friday, May 17, 2024

Hypertension Day: Youth are also falling prey to hypertension, know from experts how to protect themselves

Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure is a rapidly increasing problem. While earlier this problem used to bother people with increasing age, now even younger people are increasingly becoming victims of it. However, with the help of some tips, high blood pressure can be easily kept under control.

High Blood Pressure: World Hypertension Day is celebrated on 17 May to increase awareness about high blood pressure. The theme of World Hypertension Day this year is – Measure your blood pressure correctly, control it, live longer. According to a report by the National Library of Medicine, approximately 1.39 billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure.

In India, about 33 percent of urban and 25% of rural people are suffering from hypertension. This condition is seen more in men than women. Earlier, cases of high blood pressure were seen only in the elderly, but nowadays young people are also falling prey to it.

Blood pressure is a silent killer

Dr. Devendra Shrimal, Director, Cardiology at Narayana Hospital, Jaipur, said that hypertension has a very fatal effect on our heart. In such a situation, we need to take great precautions. Hypertension is also called the 'silent killer' because it has no obvious symptoms. However, headache, fatigue and drowsiness, increased heartbeat, chest pain, fast breathing or difficulty in breathing, blurred vision and bleeding from the nose can be symptoms of high blood pressure.

how many types of hypertension

According to Dr. Vinod Punia, Senior Consultant Cardiologist and Electro Physiologist, Narayana Hospital, Jaipur, primary hypertension develops with increasing age, without any exact cause. But secondary hypertension occurs at a young age and can have many reasons - like excessive salt consumption, smoking, diabetes, obesity, thyroid problem, mental stress, lack of sleep and improper eating habits.

High blood pressure increases the risk of other diseases like heart disease, stroke, dementia and kidney disease. Hypertension can be a challenge but it can be managed.

keep this in mind

To prevent this, check your blood pressure from time to time, keep your weight under control, exercise regularly, reduce salt intake, reduce stress, consume foods rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. Do more, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

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