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More than 1/3 of Portuguese have high blood pressure

More than 1/3 of Portuguese have high blood pressure More than 1/3 of Portuguese have high blood pressure
Patty Aguilar | 18 May, 2018, 03:03

At the same time, because, hypertension that can pose a noteworthy risk of heart disease and stroke, which can be, although, controlled.

Globally, about one in four adults has hypertension and it is expected to affect more than 1.5 billion people by 2025, according to The Lancet medical journal. Hypertension is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke - the world's leading causes of death - but many people do not realise their blood pressure is high. They may include a pounding in your chest, an irregular heartbeat, or vision problems. "People should also go for regular health check-up" said Dr Dharminder Nagar, MD- Paras Healthcare.

Most of the people are not aware of the ill-effects of hypertension, which is called silent killer. While undetected, hypertension can cause damage to the cardiovascular system and internal organs, such as the kidneys. Firstly, it is the age.

"This year's theme is 'Know your numbers, measure your pressure". Apart from this, it is advisable to focus on lifestyle risk factors that can be modified.

"As per estimates, about 30-40 per cent urban population suffers from hypertension, while 12-17 per cent population is said to be afflicted with it in the rural areas". The American Heart Association recommends that women should limit their added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons, or 24 grams per day.

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.

In China, more than 19 per cent of adults have elevated blood pressure, with Indonesia at almost 24 per cent, Vietnam above 23 per cent, the Philippines at almost 23 per cent and Thailand above 22 per cent. Remember that the normal blood pressure should be less than 120/80.

World Heart Federation president Dr David Wood advised people to see a doctor to get blood pressure checked.

Make changes to the diet by cutting down on salt, sugar, fat and processed foods.

Manage body weight: Hypertension is closely related to obesity and excess body weight. This may seem scary, but the good news is you have the power to protect yourself and improve your health.

Exercise regularly: Physical activity is extremely vital to prevent the chances of hypertension. People with slight elevations in their blood pressure may be able to return their pressure to normal levels through lifestyle changes and people with moderate increases may be able to reduce their need for medications by making the same changes. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of high blood pressure.

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