Hypertension threatening to affect almost one third of India by 2020, has become a serious concern for the health of Indians. Hypertension or otherwise called High Blood Pressure is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. Also, HBP becomes a major risk factor for numerous other serious health conditions like stroke, heart failure, vision loss, peripheral vascular diseases, chronic kidney diseases etc.
Hypertension-Symptoms, Causes, Treatment
This medical condition usually lacks symptoms and are usually discovered on seeking medical attention for a totally unrelated issue. A person likely to have hypertension may have difficulties of headaches, especially on the back of the head, vertigo, buzzing feeling in the ear, lightheadedness, fainting episodes of vision etc. But this may also hint anxiety. A doctor initially checks the blood pressure and initiates any medication if needed.
HBP results as a result of a complex interaction of genes and environmental factors. Lifestyle has a huge role to play in causing hypertension. Lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits, all add to the cause. It may also be caused due to the malfunctioning of kidney and also heart diseases. So the best option is to treat the cause. Medication and altering of diet and lifestyle will help to maintain blood pressure in patients. A well balanced diet with a good amount of greens and veggies involved will help overcome HBP.
WHL to help people
HBP is only a symptom, not a diagnosis. Hypertension has been identified as a major cause of cardiovascular mortality in today’s population by the World Health Organization. The WHL or World Hypertension League, which holds together 85 national hypertension societies and leagues claimed that more than 50% of the affected population are unaware of their condition. To overcome this dilemma, the league initiated an awareness campaign in 2005 and also marked May 17th to be observed as the World Hypertension Day. Various campaigns, organize screening to find people likely to have the trouble. With the various awareness programs that spread through mass media as well as public rallies, the message reached to 250 million people. The momentum is picking up gradually and is soon to be a huge success.