GUWAHATI, May 17 - On the occasion of the World Hypertension Day (WHD) today, the GNRC Hospitals highlighted the significance of adopting preventive measures to reduce the risk of hypertension among individuals. The theme for the World Hypertension Day being ‘Know Your Numbers,’ Dr Anup Kumar Boro, Director, Cardiology department, GNRC Hospitals, urged citizens to consistently monitor their body weight and blood pressure, and be responsible towards their health. He said that the purpose of the day is to promote public awareness about hypertension (high blood pressure) and encourage citizens of the Northeast to prevent and control the silent killer, which has emerged as a global epidemic today.
“In the current digital era, fast-paced life and stressful workplaces have resulted in rapid spread of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart-related problems. If ignored, hypertension may also cause stroke, vision problems, dementia and kidney problems or failure. It is necessary for everyone to be aware of one’s health numbers, adopt a healthy lifestyle and undergo regular health check-ups,” he said.
Lifestyle modifications like consumption of healthy diets and regular exercises must become a daily routine in order to stay fit and healthy. Further, alcohol consumption must be reduced and smokers must show determination to quit, he added.
Dr Biplab Paul, Dr KC Narzary and Dr Habibar Rahman also spoke on the occasion.
On the occasion, the city-based Down Town Hospital conducted a blood pressure awareness campaign on its premises.
Blood pressure of around 490 persons was recorded during the occasion. Around nine per cent of the recorded cases were diagnosed as hypertensive and further consultation was suggested.