legs and feet as well as heart failure,” says Dr Kaul.
Studies show that people with pre-hypertension have a two to three times greater chance over 10 years of developing heart disease and this becomes worse in diabetics. The risk of cardiovascular event in a diabetic is at least twice than that of a non diabetic at all levels of high BP.
“Usually high blood pressure is called a 'silent killer' because it has no symptoms and thus it is important to monitor it regularly,” says Dr Kaul.
While Sikkim led the states in hypertension, Delhi also recorded a high (13.38 per cent) followed by Assam (10.49 per cent) Tamil Nadu (9.73 per cent) and Punjab (9.26 per cent)
The valley state of Jammu and Kashmir a total of 45,922 people (8.21 per cent) of those screened (5,59,208) were found to be hypertensive.
This is followed by Kerala (7.23 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (7.63 per cent), Maharashtra (7.35 per cent), Gujarat (7.24 per cent) Haryana (6.24 per cent) and Jharkhand ( 5.78 per cent).
People residing in the states in the north and the eastern region of the country fell on the lower side with Himachal Pradesh (4.97 per cent), Rajasthan (4.56 per cent) and Chhattisgarh (4.28 per cent).
The figures for the remaining parts of the country are Uttarakhand (3.45 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (4.30 per cent), West Bengal (3.33 per cent) Madhya Pradesh (2.92 per cent), Bihar (2.83 per cent) and Odisha (2.93 per cent).