4 simple ways to prevent, control high blood pressure

Leslie Hanson
May 17, 2018

Thats why a group of Asian doctors has come together to study the effects of high blood pressure and implement culturally specific education programs that can increase awareness of hypertension and its relationship to cardiovascular disease throughout Asia. Doctors are anxious over people's misconceptions and wrong notions about high blood pressure (hypertension), which often leads to sudden deaths.

According to Dr Ram Chitlangya, Senior cardiologist at Jivan Rkha Hospital, "Lifestyle changes including weight loss, decreased salt intake, physical exercise and a healthy diet with medications can lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of health complications". He noted that lifestyle changes and the use of technology and telemedicine could help Asian patients better control their blood pressure round-the-clock, especially during the crucial morning hours when Asian patients are more likely than Westerners to experience a surge in blood pressure.

Yet in doing so, doctors must not overlook young people, Wang said. Moreover, this campaign is aimed at providing free blood pressure testing in more than 100 countries. High blood pressure is greater than 130/90. Now, the new definition of hypertension is a blood pressure is 130/80 or more. After following 1,621 men aged 42 to 60 for an average of 22 years, the team found that those who frequented a sauna two to three times a week had a 24 percent lower risk of hypertension than those who went only once a week, and those who used a sauna four to seven times a week benefited from a 46 percent lower risk. There are other factors that can increase your risk of hypertension - being overweight or obese, leading a sedentary lifestyle, drinking too much, a family history of high BP, smoking, unhealthy food habits, certain health conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.

“The prevalence of obesity and hypertension in the young is increasing rapidly in the past years, ” he said.

In medical term normal blood pressure is 120 over 80 mm of mercury (mmHg), but hypertension is higher than 130 over 80 mmHg.

"We often say that knowing your numbers - a few basic measurements that can serve as indicators of heart health - is the key to prevention or early treatment for heart and vascular problems", explains Dr. Nissen. The World Hypertension Day falls on May 17 and the theme this year is 'Know Your Numbers'. Even worse, of the small number of those who are diagnosed with the condition, less than half avail treatment. Usually high blood pressure causes no symptoms until the damage is done. In addition, May Measurement Month (MMM) is a global awareness campaign run by the ISH to highlight the importance of screening for raised blood pressure. "In the USA these awareness campaigns have been highly successful, resulting in significant reductions in stroke and heart disease over the last 10 to 20 years". Asians not only tend to have diets high in sodium, but they are genetically more sensitive to sodium.

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