Know Hypertension Better on World Hypertension Day 2020
Known to be a ‘silent killer’, hypertension or high blood pressure is more prevalent than we know it to be. It is a significant cause of heart and vascular diseases such as stroke, heart attack and kidney ailments. To control the rising number of hypertension patients and to create awareness to detect the condition early, World Hypertension Day is celebrated since 2005 on the 17th of May. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the World Health League (WHL), an affiliation of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), postponed the celebration of World Hypertension Day from 17th of May, 2020 to 17th October, 2020.
For the first five years, the theme for World Hypertension Day was ‘Know Your Numbers’, to encourage people to find out their blood pressure levels. For the year 2020, the theme chosen for this day is– Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer.
But, how does one know what is considered as ‘high’ blood pressure?
According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, having a systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher and a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg confirms you have a disease of high blood pressure.
People with BP level of ≥140 mmHg of systolic and ≥90 mmHg of diastolic BP are considered to have hypertension. Hypertension is called the silent killer because, in most cases, the patient does not notice any signs or symptoms, as a result of which, these cases do not get diagnosed until they suffer from severe complications and ultimately death.
However, some signs and symptoms of the condition include-
There are many high blood pressure risk factors. These include-
In some cases, people have some underlying cause that increases their risk for the condition, such as narrowed or hardened arteries, adrenal gland disease, hormonal abnormalities, and thyroid conditions.
People with high blood pressure have to take extra care to manage their high blood pressure risk factors and reduce them.
Here are some effective ways
to manage your blood pressure levels
and keep them at optimal levels
alcohol at all costs.
drinks and switch
to natural juices.
People with high blood pressure are usually unaware of their condition, making them vulnerable to more debilitating complications, and sometimes even death. This World Hypertension Day, let us know our numbers, measure our blood pressure, control it to live longer and healthier!