Dhaka, Bangladesh
14pc adult population victims of hypertension in country

World Hypertension Day today

14pc adult population victims of hypertension in country

News Report The country will observe the World Hypertension Day today (Thursday) like other countries in the globe with the theme of “Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world”. According to the experts, the recommended blood pressure for a healthy person is less than 140/90 mmHg. If there is any change in blood pressure, a person should contact a doctor immediately. They warn that the risk of hypertension has gradually been increasing across the world. Experts suggested the patients to walk at least for half an hour, control the weight and limit the diet to check high blood pressure. The World Hypertension Day was first observed on May 17, 2005 by The World Hypertension League (WHL) and since then it has been celebrating every year to create awareness about the hypertension diseases. This day (World Hypertension Day) was designated and initiated by The World Hypertension League (WHL), a canopy organisation of 85 national hypertension societies and leagues. To mark the Day, a seminar will be jointly organised by Director General Health Services and icddr,b at Sasakawa auditorium of icddr,b in the city. Moreover, rallies and discussions will be organised in districts and upazilas across the country. BSS adds: Hypertension is one of the major Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which affects 14 per cent of the adult population in Bangladesh. The information was revealed in the updated ‘Bangladesh Health Watch Report’ under the title ‘Non-Communicable Diseases in Bangladesh: Current Scenario and Future Directions.’ The report said that around 14 per cent of Bangladeshi adults suffer from hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension is more than double in the semi-urban population (24 per cent) compared to that in the rural population (11 per cent),” it added. “Hypertension is an increasingly important medical and public health problem. High incidence of metabolic syndrome and lifestyle-related factors like obesity, high salt intake and less physical activity may play an important role in causing the problem,” Director General of Directorate General of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad said. In the world, hypertension significantly contributes to the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), stroke, kidney failure, disability, and premature death, he said. Hypertension which is also known as high blood pressure is not usually something that people can feel or notice and it can go undiagnosed because there are usually no symptoms. As a result, it can be a cause of kidney damage, stroke or heart attack.

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