7 culprits that can make your blood pressure reading inaccurate

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As per World Health Organisation (WHO), it is directly responsible for 57% of all stroke deaths and 24% of all coronary heart disease deaths in the country.

From 2013 to 2018, the theme of the World Hypertension Day or the WHD has been "Know Your Numbers" - that indicates the meaning of knowing what your blood pressure is, in that way spreading awareness on abnormally high blood pressure and arterial blood pressure. "Some of the common hypertension disorders related to pregnancy include gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and eclampsia, which may lead to disastrous consequences, including risking the lives of the mother and child", said Dr Ranjana Becon, Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad. It is among the most important things that one needs to know on time so that proper treatment by the doctors can be provided before it becomes risky and life-threatening for you. There should be free counselling centers set up by the government.

Symptom and the indication of hypertensive crisis can be breathlessness, chest pain, changes in consciousness, repeated vomiting, severe headache, and convulsions.

Weight control, stress control and indulging in moderate physical activity can considerably reduce the risk of hypertension. Firstly, it is the age. Blood pressure is created by the force of blood pushing against the walls of blood vessels (arteries) as it is pumped by the heart. Apart from this, it is advisable to focus on lifestyle risk factors that can be modified. But, people often ignore the need for regular check up and visit a doctor only when the blood pressure shoots up. It is advisable to focus on the lifestyle risk factors of hypertension that you can change.

However, another study led by researchers from the Imperial College London and Northwestern University, showed that people eating higher amounts of salt had higher blood pressure - no matter how healthy a person's overall diet. The risk of developing high blood pressure also increases as you get older.

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You should see a GP if you want to have your blood pressure checked.

"This will confirm whether you have consistently high blood pressure". "In other words, half of the world's high blood pressure patients are inadequately treated", Professor Schlaich said.

Asians not only tend to have diets high in sodium, but they are genetically more sensitive to sodium, the researchers said.

The fact that no known cause of hypertension is derived among 90 per cent of patients and majority not even aware that they have hypertension until they observe symptoms related to heart disease, makes the scenario rather grim. Moderate exercise for about 30 minutes three times a week is a good start. They found that my heart was fine but my blood pressure was very high. Take some time out for daily meditation or relaxation activities and you can eliminate or reduce stress to a great extent.

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