Today is World Hypertension Day. This is the day designated and initiated by The World Hypertension League (WHL). It paves the way for generating awareness about perils of hypertension.

Hypertension, also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure. In general the condition can be explained as, blood pressure levels exceeding 140/90mm Hg.

About 90 per cent of hypertension cases have no known cause and are triggered by a host of factors, including a genetic predisposition, high stress levels, poor dietary habits, obesity and a few other health issues.

Currently the world has over 9.4 million people suffering from hypertension and the figure is on a constant rise. It is estimated that the number of hypertensive adults will increase from 972 million in 2000 to 1.56 billion in 2025

So get your blood pressure checked at regular intervals as hypertension often has no symptoms and delayed diagnosis can cause harm to some key organs like kidney, eye, brain, heart etc. If diagnosed with hypertension, take medicines without fail and change your lifestyle.

Please follow the four simple tips to control your blood pressure without medication

1. Do Yoga and Exercise regularly to control your weight.
2. Reduce intake of salt in your diet
3. Quit smoking and say no to alcohol
4. And lastly reduce your stress

 

 

 

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