This article has been authored by Dr. B L Agarwal, who is Associate Director at Institute of Heart, at Jaypee Hospital Noida. He did his DM (Cardiology) from SGPGI Lucknow & has accomplished over 5500 Angioplasties. He is an expert in performing Angioplasty through Radial Route. To know more about Dr. Agarwal or book an appointment, please call 0120 – 412 2222
Hypertension is emerging as a major public health issue. With growing age, the chances of getting hypertension increases. 50% of People between age of 50-60 suffer from hypertension. In fact, studies show that the lifetime risk of developing hypertension is almost 90 per cent for men and women who were non-hypertensive at age of 55 or 65 years, respectively.
Hypertension affecting other organs
– It can lead to thickening of heart arteries thus narrowing them and reducing the supply of blood to heart. It is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease & brain stroke.
– In extreme cases it can cause acute & chronic heart failure.
– It can affect our eyes and kidneys
Lifestyle Modifications that help to control BP:
Maintaining right body Weight
Increase in body weight increases chances of high blood pressure. Even small amount of weight loss can make a big difference, helping to prevent and treat high blood pressure.
Being physically active will keep you internally healthy. Physical activity not only controls your blood pressure, but it also manages your weight, strengthens your heart and helps to reduce stress levels.
Eating a diet, right and healthy for heart is very important. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grain and high fibre foods and low in fat is advisable. Avoiding saturated and Trans fats, excess salt and sugar in your diet can give great benefits.
Quit Smoking & Drinking
Smoking leads to reduction of oxygen levels in blood and increases pressure on heart. To keep a healthy heart, say no to smoking, tobacco chewing and drinking.