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Expert tips to ward off ‘silent killer’

Patna, May 24: Doctors today came forward to sensitise people on the burgeoning problems of hypertension, often referred to as the silent killer.

The function was marked in line with the celebration of World Hypertension Day observed every year on May 17. The theme for World Hypertension Day 2014 is “Know your blood pressure”.

Medical director, Heart Hospital, Patna, Dr Prabhat Kumar said: “Hypertension, being a symptom-less disease often goes undiagnosed. This leads to life-threatening complications like heart attack, stroke, renal failure and eye damage. The way to prevent it is to undergo blood pressure check-ups.”

He added: “Regular check-ups would not only detect high blood pressure early and help take immediate action, it would also save families from early death or disability thereby reducing huge medical expenditure.”

“High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most important causes of premature death worldwide claiming nearly 9.4 million lives every year,” said cardiologist Dr Rajiv Krishna.

According to a recently published report, hypertension affects one in three adults in India aged 25 and over. In India only a quarter or a third of patients is aware of their hypertensive status and only one in five suffering from hypertension is under treatment, said Dr Krishna.

In Bihar, around one-third of the population suffers from hypertension, said Dr Prabhat, adding that in villages cases of hypertension are less as compared to urban areas owing to a change in lifestyle pattern.

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