High Blood Pressure And Its Affects Are Treatable
Jun 24, 2007 by Peter Jameson
High blood pressure is strongly linked to heart disease, stroke and death and the number of sufferers worldwide looks likely to exceed the one billion and even the 1.5 billion figure within the next twenty years!
Around one in four adults already has the condition but doctors say that the public and not the medical profession is to blame.
Said simply, doctors say that the public is just not doing its part because people are not getting their blood pressure checked often enough and if they do then they don't follow the advice that is given.
It seems that the average member of the public believes that hypertension is a disease that can be cured and when his blood pressure falls he either stops or reduces his medication.
Professor Gareth Beevers of the 'Blood Pressure Association' says in the Lancet, "Currently, a person in the Western world has a greater than 90% lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension, but lifestyle factors, such as physical inactivity, a salt rich diet with high processed and fatty foods and alcohol and tobacco use mean the problem is spreading at an alarming rate from the developed countries to the emerging economies such as India and China".
"Dr Isabel Lee, of 'The Stroke Association', says , "This is preventable, if people of all ages start looking at their lifestyles and start taking the right action to reduce their risk. Every five minutes someone in the U.K. has a stroke - that's 150,000 every year. Yet, over 40% of these strokes could be prevented by the control of high blood pressure.
Whilst it is important to get your blood pressure measured regularly it is equally important that people who are prescribed blood pressure medication continue to take it even once their blood pressure is back under control. General practitioners need to ensure that patients are made fully aware of the importance of continuing with their blood pressure medication. People can also take additional steps to help improve their lifestyles and reduce their risk of high blood pressure by stopping smoking, having a healthy diet and exercising regularly".
A 'British Heart Foundation' spokeswoman said that high blood pressure often remained undiagnosed until a person encountered something as serious and potentially fatal as a heart attack or stroke.
"That's why it's vital that people know what their blood pressure is and how they can reduce it if it is high. Everyone over 40 years of age should talk to their GP or practice nurse about having a full risk assessment for heart and circulatory disease carried out".