World Hypertension Day being observed across the globe today

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By Citizen Journalist Dr. Lalit Kishore

World Hypertension Day (WHD) is being observed around the globe today (May 17) with the theme “Know Your Blood Pressure” to create awareness about the risks of high blood pressure. The observance, initiated by the World Hypertension League (WHL) in 2006, is meant to make general public watchful of hypertension and mitigate its effects with prevention and treatment measures.

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According to the WHL, the recommended blood pressures are less than 140/90 mmHg for the general population and for the hypertensive population without any other complications; and less than 130/80 mmHg for those with diabetes mellitus or chronic kidney disease.

On the occasion WHD-2015, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in his message to the concerned medical institutes said, “Good health, as an attribute of human well-being, precedes every other possession of mankind. Many years ago, Lord Buddha observed ‘To keep the body in good health is a duty; otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear’. A healthy population is a true reflection of a country’s progress.”

In his message, Mukherjee added that the high blood pressure also known as ‘Hypertension’ affected millions of Indians leading to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke-paralysis and loss of memory. It is estimated that hypertension is responsible for 1.1 million deaths annually, accounting for nearly 11% of all deaths in India, he reminded.

“Proper education and awareness is the key to tackling this disease. I am sure that this initiative of PGIMER, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital will be useful in educating the public about the need to control and prevent this disease,” he urged.

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