This is according to Professor Bryan Rayner, nephrologist and director of the Hypertension Institute at the University of Cape Town.
NAN reports that the World Hypertension Day is celebrated on May 17 every year. Financial and social costs incurred because of high BP are astronomical. "But the very good news is that medication, combined with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent complications".
Symptom and the indication of hypertensive crisis can be breathlessness, chest pain, changes in consciousness, repeated vomiting, severe headache, and convulsions. HTN is directly responsible for 57 per cent of all stroke deaths and 24 per cent of all coronary heart disease (CHD) deaths in India.
Hypertension is the leading cause of mortality, with an estimated 1.2 billion sufferers globally. Unfortunately, hypertension or high blood pressure is hereditary.
"For men, only 40% were aware of their hypertension condition. A high salt diet leading to high blood pressure can result in delayed puberty and even impact reproductive health", Walavalkar noted.
It is divided in two types (primary or essential hypertension and secondary hypertension) on the basis of its causing factors. There are also a number of lifestyle changes that a doctor may recommend for hypertension sufferers.
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 blood pressure is very common in India
The fact that no known cause of hypertension is derived among 90 per cent of patients and majority not even aware that they have hypertension until they observe symptoms related to heart disease, makes the scenario rather grim.
In South Africa, the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS), linked to the ISH screening initiative, will be running screening days and raising awareness of hypertension in May. "I've had it since I was a child and it's a form of heart disease". Screening lets you know where you stand and allows you to manage your blood pressure to reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event.
Soweto nurse Tlalane Ndlala's family had a long history of hypertension.
In Malaysia, about 22 per cent of adults have elevated blood pressure. "It is important that the global movement "Because I Say So" works to inform people about hypertension".
"This will confirm whether you have consistently high blood pressure". He can not walk, he can not talk or do anything for himself. "Before my brother died, my mother also died of kidney failure which was a side-effect of high blood pressure", Ndlala said.
Ayodeji Abdulrasheed, a dietician, at StaMed Nutritional and Health Services, urged the general public to adopt a healthy diet to reduce cardiovascular related diseases.
"I take my medication every day, drink a lot of water, eat fruits and vegetables and ensure that I exercise regularly".