World Hypertension Day is celebrated on May 17 every year. 2013 had brought a new thrust for the lifestyle disease. Here is everything you need to know about WHD.
May 17 was announced to be the World Hypertension Day since the year 2005. It solely targets towards the creation of awareness of hypertension and fortifies individuals to take measure in order to avert the lifestyle disease.
As per health reports of the Union Health Ministry, one out of every individual in the nation is a prey to high blood pressure. The program screened 22.5 million adults across 100 districts in India in 2017.
Since the past 5 years the theme of WHD has been “Know your Numbers”. This means being aware of your blood pressure levels and spread about the ill effects of having an abnormal blood pressure or arterial blood pressure.
“The most common cause of hypertension is excess salt intake in the diet. Many genetic factors also make a person prone to high blood pressure. Sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol use are other common causes. Hypertension in very young people could be due to disease of the arteries or hormone disorders. Chronic use of analgesics can also gradually increase blood pressure,”- said the senior most doctor of stroke Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Kochi, Dr. Vivek K Nambiar.
Symptoms of Hypertension
A sudden increase in blood pressure, organ damage, chest pain, change in consciousness, severe headache, and breathlessness are the symptoms of Hypertensive crisis.
Causes of Hypertension
Primary or secondary hypertension can hit any individual. Primary hypertension is related to lifestyle such as unhealthy habits or too much stress while secondary hypertension arises out of an inherent factor such as kidney damage or hormone disease.