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Today marks the world hypertension day which aims to increase high blood pressure awareness around the world. Every three Indians suffering from hypertension and the disease is responsible for 7.1 million global deaths annually. In India alone, hypertension causes almost 2.6 lakh deaths annually.
Hypertension is called a silent killer. If you are experiencing constant headache, dizziness fatigue, blurred vision, then there might be a chance that you are suffering from high blood pressure. As per reports, about 20-40 percent urban population suffers from hypertension, while the rate is lower in rural areas as 12-17 percent population is suffering from this disease.
Risk Factors
One should never ignore these signs as it can also invite to other serious health problems. Hypertension is the major risk factor for stroke, heart problems, dementia and sexual dysfunction, among others. A person is considered to be hypertensive when his blood pressure reading is above 140/90 and is severely hypertensive if the reading goes up 180/120.
Causes
Change in lifestyle patterns is one of the major causes of hypertension. It’s fueled by heavy consumption of salt, junk foods, not getting enough sleep, smoking and alcohol. If it is not addressed initially, it can lead to serious health problems such as stroke, kidney failure and even premature death at times.
Here are some of the lifestyle changes that may help you to keep your blood pressure under control.
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