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Doctors in Indore are sounding the alarm over rising cases of hypertension

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): City doctors have sounded the alarm over rising cases of high blood pressure and said one in five people in the city have high blood pressure and that number is rising due to a lifestyle sedentary.

“Even though the number of Covid-19 cases has reached an all-time low, the impact of the pandemic disease can be seen in patients even months after recovery. The disease has added many new patients with hypertension, while it has increased complications in patients who already had it,” said cardiologist Dr Siddhant Jain.

Referring to a study conducted in 2014-2015, Dr. Jain said that about 25% of people in rural areas and 42% of people in urban areas suffer from hypertension and surprisingly half of them do not have it. don’t know.

Meanwhile, heart surgeon Dr. Mohammed Ali said people should have regular blood pressure checks because high blood pressure causes heart attacks, brain hemorrhages, kidney failures and more.

“It’s best not to take anything about 30 minutes before having a blood pressure test. Regular check-ups are recommended for anyone over 30. However, people should not blindly believe digital machines and get controlled by the mercury-based machine as well,” he said.

‘28% of people do not know the disease’

“According to a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 28% of people are unaware that they have hypertension, while only 15% of patients are treated for the condition. In addition, 12.5% ​​of people could have controlled their blood pressure. — Dr. Rakesh Jain, Cardiologist

Key facts (according to WHO)

§ Hypertension – or high blood pressure – is a serious condition that greatly increases the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases

§ An estimated 1.13 billion people worldwide have hypertension, with most (two-thirds) living in low- and middle-income countries

§ In 2015, 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women suffered from hypertension

§ Less than 1 in 5 people with hypertension have the problem under control

§ Hypertension is a leading cause of premature death worldwide

§ One of the global targets for non-communicable diseases is to reduce the prevalence of hypertension by 25% by 2025 (baseline 2010)

Ways to prevent hypertension

§ Walking for 30 minutes a day can reduce blood pressure by 8-10 mmHg and also reduce weight

§ Must follow the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which includes a reduction in carbohydrate and salt intake

§ Control your calorie count

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Posted: Tuesday May 17th 2022, 01:02 IST