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Prioritise blood pressure checks once you are 20 years of age: Dr Devi Shetty, Narayana Health

May 15,2024

Bengaluru: On account of ‘World Hypertension Day’, Dr Devi Shetty, Founder and Chairman, Narayana Health, emphasised the critical importance of monitoring and controlling one’s blood pressure. This year’s theme, ‘Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer’, succinctly captures the essence of our collective goal: to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard their health.

Undoubtedly, one of the most pressing concerns is undiagnosed hypertension. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a staggering 188.3 million individuals in India are affected by hypertension. Shockingly, only 37 per cent of these individuals receive a formal diagnosis, and an even smaller percentage initiate treatment.

These statistics underscore the urgent need for proactive measures. Dr Shetty implored every individual to prioritise regular blood pressure checks, especially once they reach the age of 20. Hypertension frequently exhibits no discernible symptoms. However, its consequences can be dire, ranging from debilitating brain strokes to life-threatening heart failure and kidney damage.

Therefore, regardless of whether one experiences overt symptoms, please prioritise routine blood pressure monitoring. Your health is your most precious asset, and vigilance is key to preserving it, concluded Dr Shetty

Source: Healthworld

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