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30% of Indians aged 18-54 have never got BP measured: ICMR

Apr 09,2024

New Delhi: Nearly 3 out of 10 people in India, aged between 18 and 54 years, have never got their blood pressure measured.

This has been revealed by the ICMR — National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR-NCDIR) in a study published recently in the International Journal of Public Health (IJPH).

According to the ICMR-NCDIR study, the southern parts of the country have the highest average rates of 76 per cent of those who have measured blood pressure at least once in their lifetime with stand-out states/UTs being Lakshadweep (91 per cent), Kerala (89 per cent), TN (83 per cent) and Puducherry (83 per cent).

In north India, 70 per cent people said they had got their blood pressure measures, at one time or the other. In contrast, the study found, comparatively lower numbers had their BP checked in certain regions and states, such as MP (62.4 per cent) and Chhattisgarh (62 per cent) in the central region, Rajasthan (58 per cent) in the north, Odisha (56 per cent) and Jharkhand (60 per cent) in the east, Gujarat (58 per cent) in the west, and Nagaland (58 per cent) in the North-East.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), high blood pressure means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Doctors said that high blood pressure is a precursor to many critical illnesses, for example heart attack, stroke and, in the long run, kidney failure.

According to the study, pre-hypertension prevalence in the country varied widely across districts, with an overall rate of 34 per cent.

Source: Healthworld

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