Every year, May 17 is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD).
The day is organised by the World Hypertension League (WHL), an umbrella organisation composed of several hypertension societies and leagues from all over the world.
The theme for this year is Know Your Numbers, and the WHL would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in May Measurement Month.
WHAT IS NORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE?
|CATEGORY||SYSTOLIC PRESSURE (mmHg)||DIASTOLIC PRESSURE (mmHg)|
|Stage 1 Hypertension||130−139||or||80−89|
|Stage 2 Hypertension||≥140||or||≥90|
Hypertension is a public health epidemic.
Anyone can develop high blood pressure, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk:
- Age – As age increases, chances of HT increases.
- Race/Ethnicity -more common in African American adults
- Weight – People who are overweight or have obesity are more likely to develop high blood pressure
- Sex – Before age 55, men are more likely than women to develop high blood pressure. After age 55, women are more likely than men to develop it as the stoppage of menses is also responsible for it.
- Lifestyle – Certain lifestyle habits can raise your risk for high blood pressure, such as eating too much sodium (salt) or not enough potassium, lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol, and smoking.
- Family history: It is found to be a very important risk factor as genetic cause.
- Eating a healthy diet. Includes vegetables, low sodium, less oily and fast foods.
- Do regular exercise. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure. or vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise for 1 hour and 15 minutes per week. Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, is any exercise in which your heart beats harder and you use more oxygen than usual.
- Being at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases risk for high blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you control high blood pressure and reduce your risk for other health problems.
- Limit alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol raises your blood pressure. It also adds extra calories, which may cause weight gain.
- No smoking. Cigarette smoking raises your blood pressure and puts you at higher risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Managing stress. Learning how to relax and manage stress can improve your emotional and physical health.
HOMOEOPATHY AND HYPERTENSION:
Many homoeopathic medicines selected on the basis of individuality give the excellent results. Some remedies are Aurum, Bartya carb, Lach and also specific medicines like Rauwolfia serpentina, Viscum album.