High Blood Pressure - A Silent Killer

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In India almost one third of adult population is Hypertensive (Survey done by Cardiological society of India in 2015). Two-third of hypertensive are below 60 years of age.

High Blood Pressure is rightly called the 'Silent Killer' hence need to spread awareness to detect and treat early before it causes target organ damage and causes other symptoms.

High blood pressure is a factor in two-third of all heart attacks.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of chronic kidney failure responsible for one- fourth of all cases.

High blood pressure is a factor in three-fourth of strokes leading to disability and loss of life.

High blood pressure affects circulation of blood in brain creating a higher risk for mental deterioration and Alzheimer's disease.

High blood pressure causes more visits to doctors than any other condition; just a 10 percent decline in the number of visits would save $478 million each year in United states.

High blood pressure and its complications cost the U.S economy more than $100 billion each year.

More than half of Cardiovascular disease can be prevented only by adequate control of high blood pressure.

Hypertension is highly preventable and treatable condition. Huge loss of life and disability can be prevented by taking care of this menace which is possible by many simple non-drug measures such as controlling salt intake and obesity.


Dr. Ajay K Sinha
M.D. (PGI Chandigarh), FACC, FESC, FCSI, FICC, FAPSCC
Associate Editor, Indian Heart Journal (IHJ)
Convener, RHD Council, Cardiological Society of India
Organising Secretary, CSI-CRC/NCSI conference 2016
Director EP and Cardia Research, Paras-HMRI, Patna

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