17th May is World Hypertension Day
Post Earthquake symptoms may include High Blood Pressure. Any stress, including earthquake can increase Blood Pressure leading to heart attack & paralysis said Padmashri Awardee , Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai, National President and Padmashri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, Hony. Secretary General, IMA.
Hypertension is a silent killer and may not have symptoms for decades.
17th May, all over the country is being observed as “Hypertension Day”.
IMA has issued an Advisory that all patients should have their BP check-up done on 17th May. Over 15% of the people may have high blood pressure and they may not be aware about it.
The first symptom of high blood pressure may be a bleeding from the nose or brain-hemorrhage. BP is higher 5 mm in winter, as compared to summer. In any given time, BP should be kept lower by 120/80.
Reducing salt intake and white sugar intake can reduce BP. All patients whose abdominal girth is more than 80 CM should make sure that their BP is kept normal.
IMA will be sensitizing over 2.5 lacs doctors to do a mass screening of BP on 17th May.