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High blood pressure warning - this is how you can check your BP

High blood pressure warning - this is how you can check your BP”

Hypertension is a condition called high blood pressure during which the arterial blood pressure raises to high level from the normal level (120/80 mmHg). The reports state that incidence of high blood pressure has increased from 23 per cent to 42 per cent in the urban NCR population and 11 per cent to 28 per cent in rural NCR.

While the cost of medication and doctor consultation for high blood pressure comes roughly around Rs 8,000 per annum if detected early, the cost of cardiac surgeries or transplantations, when the issue is neglected, spikes up anywhere between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 20 lakh. Certain common symptoms associated with high blood pressure, including sweating, anxiety, sleeping problems and blushing, should be paid attention to. 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. There are no symptoms or signs that you would experience while suffering from hypertension. It is among the most important things that one needs to know on time so that proper treatment by the doctors can be provided before it becomes unsafe and life-threatening for you. While undetected, hypertension can cause damage to the cardiovascular system and internal organs, such as the kidneys.

"Anyone with hypertension is at an increased risk of infertility". It is advisable to focus on the lifestyle risk factors of hypertension that you can change. "I also eat a low sodium diet and take walks", she said.

"Blood pressure can fluctuate throughout the day".

However, another study led by researchers from the Imperial College London and Northwestern University, showed that people eating higher amounts of salt had higher blood pressure - no matter how healthy a person's overall diet. "When I was 22 and pregnant, I went for antenatal classes and it was found I had high blood pressure".

How-to Videos: For consumers who want a step-by-step visual tutorial on taking an accurate blood pressure and weight readings at home, this collection of videos can provide a one-stop resource.

Manage body weight: Hypertension is closely related to obesity and excess body weight.

Even moderately intense physical activity, such as brisk walking, is beneficial when done regularly for a total of 30 minutes or longer at least 5 days a week. This is why it has become important to make people aware of the condition as much as possible and educate them about blood pressure screenings, particularly the African-American group. If you have high blood pressure, avoid alcohol or drink alcohol only in moderation. Keeping a check on your salt intake can also help in minimizing the chances of hypertension to great extent.

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