New efforts to curb high blood pressure in Asia

May Measurement Month is an initiative led by the International Society of Hypertension and endorsed by the World Hypertension League

Ignoring symptoms of hypertension can be risky: Doctors

Apollo research has recently confirmed that high blood pressure is very much prevalent in the remote rural area, through its study at Aragonda in Chittoor district.

Hypertension is known as the "silent killer" because, despite there being no signs or symptoms, it can lead to serious cardiovascular disease. Doctors are anxious over people's misconceptions and wrong notions about high blood pressure (hypertension), which often leads to sudden deaths.

Researchers are studying ways to improve the management of hypertension in Asia, where the link between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease is stronger than it is in Western countries, according to a commentary published last month in Hypertension.

High blood pressure can be easily detected, easily diagnosed, easily treated and easily controlled.

Yet in doing so, doctors must not overlook young people, Wang said.

Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.

The outlook for untreated high blood pressure is same as the outlook for untreated cancer.

"This is despite the availability of numerous blood pressure lowering medications and is largely due to people not taking the medication because they have had side effects or worry that they will have side effects".

"Risk factors for hypertension are a family history of hypertension, diabetes or stroke; obesity; African ethnicity; sedentary lifestyle; diabetes; high BP in pregnancy; and a poor diet with excess alcohol, sugar and salt", says Professor Bryan Rayner, nephrologist and director of the Hypertension Institute at the University of Cape Town.

Unfortunately, high BP is striking young individuals in our city, the condition is turning alarming and a cause for great concern. "But the very good news is that medication, combined with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent complications". Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of the body in the vessels.

If constant headache and dizziness has been troubling you and you are easily getting worn out, have blurred vision, then chances are that you are suffering from high blood pressure. After following 1,621 men aged 42 to 60 for an average of 22 years, the team found that those who frequented a sauna two to three times a week had a 24 percent lower risk of hypertension than those who went only once a week, and those who used a sauna four to seven times a week benefited from a 46 percent lower risk. So, the key is awareness, early diagnosis, and early treatment. Even worse, of the small number of those who are diagnosed with the condition, less than half avail treatment. Its goal is to raise awareness worldwide about the importance of knowing what is your blood pressure measurement. Out of them, 40 per cent are aware of the disease with which they are suffering from and only 20 per cent of them are being treated. Asians not only tend to have diets high in sodium, but they are genetically more sensitive to sodium.

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