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Hypertension – silent killer among youth

Estimations says that by 2025, adults with hypertension will increase from 972 million in 2000 to 1.56 billion, leading to a rise of about 60 per cent. Where, it is said that 10 per cent will suffer from secondary hypertension– caused by a pre-existing disease.

Today with rising stress level and sedentary lifestyle, Indian’s are not only at high risk of heart disease and diabetes, they are also prone to hypertension. As said, Dr Naveen Bhamri, H.O.D. Interventional Cardiology “Dr Behavioral risk factors, e.g. unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity, Tobacco use , obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and excessive  salt intake contribute to the condition.In secondary hypertension, the cause may be kidney disease; hormonal imbalance; or drugs, including cocaine or alcohol”.

Studies revealed that 90 percent of the hypertension cases have no known cause, though triggered by a host of factors, including a genetic predisposition, high stress levels, bad eating habits, obesity and a few other health issues.

Hypertension, commonly known as silent killer- is a medical condition that often remains undiagnosed until relatively late in its course. Affecting one billion people worldwide, the condition can be explained as, blood pressure levels exceeding 140/90mm Hg.

Recently, On the occasion of World Hypertension Day, May 17, 2016, Indus Health Plus revealed their study which states that few of the major cause of hypertension among the age group of 25-35 years is the result of high stressed life, frequent outside eating and ignorance of the symptoms. The study was conducted among 24,642 people who underwent preventive health check-up during January 2015 – April 2016.

Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus says, “The incidences of high BP are more amongst males (35-40 years)than females. It is not only prevalent in older age group but is affecting the youngsters in early 20’s. People who follow sedentary lifestyle with less or no physical activity fall prey to hypertension. If not treated on time it can lead to heart problems, renal and multiple organ failure. Timely and routine check-up can reduce the risk of Hypertension.

Accepting the study, “For most adults, there’s no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure, called primary (essential) hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years”, said Dr Naveen Bhamri


Though, with the advancement of technology, like wearable devices, people today can easily monitor their health anywhere anytime. As said Hisao Masuda, “Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases in India and a majority of patients are unaware that they suffer from it. Therefore it is important to go for regular check-ups and once detected, monitor blood pressure frequently at home. Wearable technology has revolutionised the healthcare industry. These devices have helped patients suffering from hypertension monitor their health and reduces risks involved with the disease. By keeping a regular tab on heart rate can also ensure that the patient can seek medical support on time.,” MD, Omron Healthcare

With companies like Apple, Dr Morepen and many others in the medical device field, Omron too offers one of the best blood pressure monitors with inbuilt unique Intellisence Technology developed by that enables Omron blood pressure monitors to inflate and deflate at the optimum level for each individual user which offers accurate reading.

“We also offer HEM 7270 which also detects irregular heartbeat besides indicating Blood pressure level bar. The cuff wrapping guide indicates ‘OK’, if cuff is wrapped snugly and in the right location. The device is designed primarily for first time users in their 40s and 50s to provide direct guidelines to ease the user’s exp. & improve quality of care. The device has memory for 60 readings with date and time. Our wrist type BPM, HEM-6131 and HEM-6121 are easy to use and compact in size. They are also easy to carry and detects body movements and can detect irregular heartbeat” said MD Omron.


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