SA's blood pressure rate is rising

World Hypertension Day How Regularly Should You Check Your Blood Pressure Top 10 Reasons Why You Should

Hypertension is also referred to as high or raised blood pressure.

"In a sense we are facing a national health emergency", Professor Rayner said, "but because the links between high BP and death, heart disease and stroke are indirect, public awareness is poor". In addition, women also showed a 17 percent lower risk of major coronary heart disease or stroke, and men a 21 percent lower risk. However, the beneficial effect of breastfeeding was not as strong for women who were obese.

Researchers found 34.5 per cent of those studied worldwide had elevated blood pressure (above 140/90mmHg).

"According to estimates, the annual cost of medical care incurred by patients with hypertension related disease in India is over a whopping 20 billion dollars", says Dr S Venkat Ram, director for South Asia Region, World Hypertension League.

Sedentry lifestyles, growing urbanization, tobacco use and fast food culture are some primary causes for high blood pressure.

This May, the AHA is launching a campaign to log three million blood pressure checks to encourage adults to know their numbers.

A blood pressure test is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high. Studies say that regular dynamic physical exercise for at least 30 minutes daily for most days of a week leads to 5 to 9 mm Hg reduction of systolic blood pressure.

Under new AHA guidelines announced past year, the definition of high blood pressure is lower, and the number of adults considered to have high blood pressure has increased - especially among adults under the age of 45. It is advisable to focus on the lifestyle risk factors of hypertension that you can change.

World Hypertension Day 2018 Hypertension is a silent killer with no symptoms
World Hypertension Day 2018 Hypertension is a silent killer with no symptoms

"I went to the doctor because there was something wrong with my heart".

Reduce stress: Chronic stress may contribute to high blood pressure. "I try to control my stress levels because that shoots it up", Phillips said.

But Ndlala only realised she had the condition when she fell pregnant.

Blood pressure ambassadors are the people who spread the message among the people at places like churches, worship places, shopping malls, charitable events, social organizations, sporting events, and community events, etc. "It was monitored and I was placed on treatment", she said.

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. He was on dialysis but that didn't help.

"Feeling anxious or stressed when you visit your GP can also raise your blood pressure".

Asians not only tend to have diets high in sodium, but they are genetically more sensitive to sodium, the researchers said.

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