Doctors at Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad talk about cause and impact of hypertension


Dr. Sanjay Mittal, Consultant – Cardiology, Columbia Asia.

Ghaziabad: Hypertension is one of the most common chronic diseases. At the same time, it also the commonly ignored issue. As per a study conducted by NCBI, about 33% urban and 25% rural Indians are hypertensive. Caused due to high blood pressure, hypertension does not exhibit evident symptoms. However, uncured prolonged hypertension can lead way to various problems ranging from heart to loss of vision.
The persistently elevated levels of stress, together with other lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity, sleep deprivation, skipping of meals and consumption of unhealthy diet makes become contributing factors for Hypertension. The condition, if left untreated can lead to heart disease, stroke or kidney damage. Hypertension is also a common risk factor that may lead to abnormal heart beat, and the two conditions together can significantly up the risk of stroke. Most vulnerable population in urban cities is the corporate employees who are facing these complications coupled with stress.
Doctors of Columbia Asia hospital conducted a talk with members of Rotary Club, Ghaziabad explaining along with sharing symptoms of hypertension, how one can prevent or identify the same. Also, how it is responsible for at least 45% of deaths due to a heart disease and 51% of deaths due to stroke, says the WHO. Concept of preventive checkups to keep the blood pressure under tab can help in preventing the condition. Hence, along with awareness session, basic screening, blood pressure and random blood sugar were also done for the employees.
“With our present day lifestyle, the threat of hypertension is always hovering around. Many a time, high blood pressure does not show very overt symptoms. Often, people may have headaches or feeling of dizziness, which they ignore, believing them to be trivial issues. Several times, we see patients who are shocked or surprised to know they have high blood pressure because they had not seen it coming. This is dangerous as high blood pressure is one of the major triggering factors of heart attacks and strokes. Common lacks such as smoking, obesity, less or no physical exercise, insufficient intake of minerals namely, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, high level of alcohol consumption, stress and many others often lead to hypertension. Consequently, we have cases of coronary artery disease also coming from the corporate sector, kidney damage, stroke and disability and erectile dysfunction, all resulting from hypertension,” said Dr. Sanjay Mittal, Consultant – Cardiology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad.
“Many a time, even after they are diagnosed with high blood pressure, people often neglect it and do not take medication regularly. This is another dangerous trend that can be life threatening. If hypertension is detected early, one can effectively prevent complications. When it comes to lowering blood pressure, exercise has proven as effective as medication. Exercising for about 30–60 minutes almost every day can help you. Start out slowly, walking to the mailbox, taking the stairs, or leaving your car at the far end of the parking lot. Then, add time and distance as you build up strength and endurance. It really doesn’t matter so much what you do, only that you enjoy it enough to stick with it over time,” opinioned said Dr. Sanjay Mittal, Consultant – Cardiology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad.

Friday, May 27, 2016