Tanzania: Hypertension Kills, Know Your Blood Pressure Readings Today

Tanzania: Hypertension Kills, Know Your Blood Pressure Readings Today

Tanzania: Hypertension Kills, Know Your Blood Pressure Readings Today

Not so with hypertension though. "Since there are no visible signs of masked hypertension, it is always good to let your doctor know if you have a family history of high blood pressure".

Every year, May 17 is observed as World Hypertension day (WHD) to create awareness about the disease and steps that can be taken to prevent this silent killer which is nothing short of a modern epidemic. "However, these secondary causes are present only in a minority and constitute only 10 per cent of the hypertension population".

It's vitally important to maintain a blood press 120/80 for proper blood flow to your major organs.

Hypertension is essentially a long-term medical condition in which the force of the blood is too high against the artery walls.

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The only way to have peace of mind is to get tested regularly, especially if you have raised blood pressure combined with other risk factors such as obesity, smoking, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity.

There are primarily two types of strokes - "ischemic stroke" which can happen due to a reduction in blood supply to the brain, and "hemorrhagic stroke" that is due to bleeding in the brain.

According to Dr Eamon Dolan, a stroke physician at Connolly Hospital in Dublin and chair of the Irish Heart Foundation's Council on Blood Pressure, not enough people get their blood pressure checked routinely.

World Health Organization says that half the people with untreated hypertension die of heart disease due to poor blood flow and another third die because of stroke.

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But early detection of blood pressure and its management may reduce its complications and risk of death.

"This will go a long way in reducing the risk factors of being hypertensive, " Akinkunmi said.

The study revealed that the incidence of hypertension is equally high amongst the medical fraternity, owing to high-stress levels.

In the ABPM system, a person's blood pressure is measured as he or she moves around doing their daily chores.

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Making healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce your chances of developing hypertension as well as help lower your blood pressure if it's already high. Smoking and alcohol consumption lead to constriction of blood vessels, which thereby results in higher blood pressure. It can also lead to Hypertensive retinopathy as well as acute blindness. "Our goal is to ensure all health care professionals are attuned to the increasing prevalence of hypertension in children, and aware that these guidelines can help them to better identify, treat or refer appropriately their young patients". The test is certainly of importance for peace of mind and also to identify those who are now hypertensive without knowing which makes them incredibly vulnerable to having an unexpected heart attack or stroke due to undiagnosed hypertension.

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