More than 1/3 of Portuguese have high blood pressure

Ignoring symptoms of hypertension can be risky: Doctors

Thats why a group of Asian doctors has come together to study the effects of high blood pressure and implement culturally specific education programs that can increase awareness of hypertension and its relationship to cardiovascular disease throughout Asia. "The rise in blood pressure caused by eating too much salt may damage the arteries leading to the heart", Vijay D'Silva, Director at the Asian Heart Institute, said in statement. "Particularly for people with limited access to medical care, a blood pressure test can save a life".

Dr. Daniel Lackland, president of the World Hypertension League, said, “The earlier you do something to lower blood pressure thats too high, the more likely you are to prevent a stroke or heart attack.” Lackland, a professor of epidemiology and neurology and Medical University of SC, was not involved in the recent commentary. "But the very good news is that medication, combined with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent complications". 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.

"We often say that knowing your numbers - a few basic measurements that can serve as indicators of heart health - is the key to prevention or early treatment for heart and vascular problems", explains Dr. Nissen.

Research carried out by a team at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health found that cooking meat and fish until it is well-done could increase the risk of high blood pressure. High-stress levels, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary habits are some of the major reasons for hypertension in young people.

On the occasion of International Hypertension Day, which is observed on May 17 every year, the city doctors advise that ignoring these signs can be an invitation to other serious health ailments.

While the exact causes of high blood pressure are unknown, most of us are aware of the fact that there are certain factors that can cause high blood pressure even if you do not have a family history of the condition. Studies show rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure are generally low in Asia, vary widely among individual countries, and are impacted by regional, economic and cultural differences.

"High BP is subject to the rule of halves", says Rayner. That's why awareness campaigns are essential to improve the health of all South Africans. 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.

Blood pressure screening empowers people to know where they stand and allows them to manage their blood pressure to reduce their risk of a cardiovascular event. Medical professionals are encouraged to provided people with proper treatment for maintaining blood pressure. Usually, the healthcare professional will use an electronic device that is strapped to the upper arm. It is important that some simple rules are followed when checking for hypertension: sitting calmly, feet flat on floor, back supported and not having eaten (or smoked) in the past hour.

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