In this day and age of numbers, a high count does not always translate into a positive, especially when it comes to ‘silent killer’ hypertension. In fact, high blood pressure numbers can be a huge risk to your life. This ailment is common, but usually neglected. It is one of those lifestyle diseases that are becoming mass killers and a severe cause of concern for medical sciences as it has no symptoms but it can be devastating. Hypertension is nothing but a first step to various other diseases, for instance, it elevates risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney problems and other debilitating conditions, and there’s also a domino effect of one leading to another. On Hypertension Day, take a look at what drives this disease and what people can do about it to ensure a healthy life.
With sedentary lifestyles and high stress levels in the modern working environment driving the disease, high blood pressure symptoms do not reflect immediately and it mostly gets diagnosed in later stages when it is difficult to reverse the condition. Hypertension in fact, increases the risk of heart attack by a whopping 10 times.
Dr M. Wali, former physician to the President of India says, “For last 25 years, we have been celebrating World’s Hypertension day in order to create awareness about the disease. Many people are unaware of hypertension, be it India or any other advanced country, hence it is essential to spread the word about the causes. Hypertension has no wide symptoms. In some patients it causes headache, palpitations. Measurement of blood pressure therefore, should become a regular practice in order to detect it”.
Dr Wali added that if we control hypertension 9 out of 10 deaths due to the cardio vascular arrest can be prevented.
For most people, therefore, knowing their blood pressure number is important to ensure a good, healthy life.
Hypertension targets 4 organs of a human body, eyes, heart, kidney and brain and suitable care should be taken to cure/avoid hypertension. Here are 5 essential points to watch:
1. Exercise regularly: A healthy lifestyle leads to good health hence, exercising at least 30 minutes a day can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels
2. Eat healthy: A good diet is mandatory and should include fruits, green veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products.
3. Say no to salt: Intake of less amount of sodium can help control the numbers
4. Ban certain foods: Intake of fried food and alcohol should be restricted to bare minimum
5. Quit smoking and ensure a stress-free life
So, the key to good health is a healthy lifestyle, but dont forget to get your numbers checked today.