High blood pressure warning - this is how you can check your BP

It can result in hardening and thickening of the heart arteries leading to their narrowing and causing the heart to receive less blood supply

United States research published earlier this year at the American Journal of Hypertension (AJH) suggested that adding yogurt into your diet could be one way of helping those with high blood pressure. Since 2005, the world observes, World Hypertension Day, that is set an aim to create awareness on the important issue hypertension and encourage people to take preventive measures against this persisting disease.

"Hypertension is referred to frequently elevated blood pressure which causes the blood carrying arteries to narrow down thereby making it difficult for the blood to travel smoothly and easily throughout your body, making the heart work harder".

In 2017, an estimated 42% to 54% of people were suffering from hypertension in South Africa and this figure is expected to increase. When you have high blood pressure, you are likely to get effects in every organ. After following 86,507 women and 17,104 men for an average of 12 to 16 years, the researchers found that using grilling, broiling or roasting to cook meat or fish more than 15 times a month increased the risk of blood pressure by 17 percent compared to those who used these methods less than four times a month.

"Having a raised blood pressure reading in one test doesn't necessarily mean you have high blood pressure", said the NHS. "Along with this, practice at least five minutes of mindfulness after waking up each morning to reduce blood pressure and stress", says Dr. Charit Bhograj, consultant cardiologist, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru. "If your BP is between 130-140/80-90, implement lifestyle changes as you are at risk for hypertension".

"I went to the doctor because there was something wrong with my heart. I was then put on chronic treatment". "I have not had heart problems since I've been on the medication".

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Soweto nurse Tlalane Ndlala's family had a long history of hypertension.

"This will confirm whether you have consistently high blood pressure". "It was monitored and I was placed on treatment", she said. He can not walk, he can not talk or do anything for himself. He was on dialysis but that didn't help.

Don't drink: Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Government initiatives such as the National Health Insurance Scheme which offer affordable secondary and tertiary care at any public or private empanelled hospital in the country, with benefits like cost of hospital stay and medication fully covered, can help in treating the large population affected by hypertension and other non communicable diseases. "I manage my health with pills".

Asians not only tend to have diets high in sodium, but they are genetically more sensitive to sodium, the researchers said.

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