Hypertension, or more commonly known as high blood pressure, is not an overnight disease. It is a result of various factors and takes time to build its case. For the most part, hypertension stems from lifestyle choices. Left untreated or undiagnosed, it could lead to kidney failure, stroke, blindness and heart attack.
A 2015 survey showed that 30.3% Malaysians suffer from high blood pressure. A startling fact is that 17.2% of these cases tend to go undetected.
With such data, the theme of this year’s World Hypertension Day is banking on creating awareness for this elusive disease with a “know your numbers” campaign.
Depending on the age of the person, a healthy blood pressure reading should be approximately 120 over 80 millimetres of mercury (mmHg). However, a person that has been diagnosed with hypertension would have a reading exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg.
In light of that, instead of leaving it to chance, here are a few lifestyle changes that could help you steer away from hypertension and its lifelong medication.