Hypertension: A threat to healthy life, says health expert


HYDERABAD: Hypertension is one of the leading psychiatric depressive illnesses that could be a serious threat to human life.

Hypertension is a silent killer that prevails among the people because of guilt of the past, anxiousness about the present and bleak vision about future, noted of Hyderabad’s Sir CJ Institute of Psychiatry Psychiatrist Dr Abdul Hmeed Memon, while sharing his knowledge with APP here on Tuesday.

This year the World Hypertension Day 2017 Theme is ‘Know your blood pressure’.

World Hypertension Day is celebrated every year on May 17 to raise awareness among the public about hypertension, its preventive measures and complications.

He said that hypertension and depression, which are commonly named as “high blood pressure” are a medical condition where the blood pressure is chronically elevated. It is formally called arterial hypertension. The word “hypertension” without a qualifier usually refers to arterial hypertension, he clarified.

He said that hypertension is a disease which is a source of heart attack or stroke with the highest risk as compared to other diseases.

Persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm and also a leading source of chronic renal failure, he added.

Giving details about symptoms, Dr Abdul Hameed Memon said that hypertension is known as a silent killer, because it often has no symptoms at all. Sometimes, people with high blood pressure experience headaches, dizziness or a ringing sound in their ears, but the reasons of these symptoms could also be the cause of some other disease. The best way to find out high blood pressure is to visit a doctor, homoeopath, naturopath or other health care provider, he added.

He said that adopting preventive measures in controlling the high blood pressure is very important to knock out this silent killer disease. The patients must ensure the controlling of their blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle and proper medical treatment, he concluded.