The 17th May is National Hypertension Day. The theme for this year is Healthy Weight – Healthy Blood Pressure.
Before I go any further I just want to explain exactly what hypertension is because, chances are, unless you have been actually diagnosed with it, you may not be absolutely sure. Hypertension is most commonly known as high blood pressure. It is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure is elevated. Hypertension has no specific symptoms and is called the ‘silent killer’.
Over 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension. Hypertension is the biggest risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. Globally, 7 million people die every year because of high blood pressure.
Their key message given by National Hypertension Day is that to avoid the high blood pressure, you should control it. This means monitoring your blood pressure regularly and if it is high, speaking to your GP. If you already have high blood pressure, it is about remembering to take your tablets and thinking about ways to losing weight. This is because being overweight is a major cause of high blood pressure. If you have hypertension and have a holiday coming up soon, you may want to look at our hints about travelling with your blood pressure medication.