More than 1/3 of Portuguese have high blood pressure

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As per World Health Organisation (WHO), it is directly responsible for 57% of all stroke deaths and 24% of all coronary heart disease deaths in the country.

The National Family Health Survey-4 (2015-16) released earlier this year revealed that as many as 19.8 per cent men and 13.2 per cent women in Telangana have hypertension.

From 2013 to 2018, the theme of the World Hypertension Day or the WHD has been "Know Your Numbers" - that indicates the meaning of knowing what your blood pressure is, in that way spreading awareness on abnormally high blood pressure and arterial blood pressure. "Some of the common hypertension disorders related to pregnancy include gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and eclampsia, which may lead to disastrous consequences, including risking the lives of the mother and child", said Dr Ranjana Becon, Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad.

Reducing salt consumption in everyday life, cutting down on fried foods and processed foods, cannot only curb the problem of hypertension but also save multiple organs from damage and pave way for a healthy life. There should be free counselling centers set up by the government.

Hypertension is often called the "silent killer" and person with hypertension may not notice any symptoms.

When left undetected, hypertension can cause damage to the cardiovascular system and internal organs, such as the kidneys. Firstly, it is the age.

It's important to be aware if you're at risk of high blood pressure, as it increases the chances of developing heart disease or strokes. Obesity is another risk factor for hypertension. Its objective is to raise awareness worldwide about the importance of knowing what is your blood pressure measurement. "If your BP is between 130-140/80-90, implement lifestyle changes as you are at risk for hypertension". Low salt ( 1500 mg/day) further potentiates the reduction of blood pressure.

Anything over 140/90mmHg is generally considered to be high blood pressure.

Hypertension is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure.

Blood pressure screening empowers people to know where they stand and allows them to manage their blood pressure to reduce their risk of a cardiovascular event.

"This is despite the availability of numerous blood pressure lowering medications and is largely due to people not taking the medication because they have had side effects or worry that they will have side effects". Aim to eat a diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grain and high fiber foods, fat free and low fat or 1 % dairy products etc.

Even moderately intense physical activity, such as brisk walking, is beneficial when done regularly for a total of 30 minutes or longer at least 5 days a week.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to improve your blood pressure is to take regular saunas, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland.

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